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Fund set up in dead girl's memory
Halimah Ahmed and her father
Ms Ahmed's parents said she was determined to help the poor
The family of a 19-year-old woman found dead in a house in Derby have set up a fund in her memory.

Police are treating the death of Halimah Ahmed as murder. The body of a man was also discovered in the property in Normanton in November.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Her parents, Zareen and Ashtiaq Ahmed, said they were setting up the fund to support the developing countries that their daughter was interested in.

More than 2,000 people attended a Derby mosque for Ms Ahmed's funeral.

'Nuisance' calls

Ms Ahmed was a former pupil at Littleover Community School, Derby but had just started at Nottingham Trent University, studying International Relations and Global Politics.

Her parents have launched The Halimah Trust, which will help poorer countries through projects such as sponsorship of orphans and provision of infrastructure.

Mrs Ahmed said her daughter dreamt of being a United Nations ambassador.

"She would laugh with us and say: 'Mum you are going to have to marry me to a rich man because doing what I am going to do I am never going to make any money - it's all charity work'.

"That's all she wanted to do and so the trust that we have set up is to help people in Third World countries, help orphans and help poverty stricken areas that have no water.

"Also disaster areas like the earthquake in Kashmir and we are talking to charities already to help them build hospitals and schools."

Mr and Mrs Ahmed said they had no idea why she was at the house where she died but believed she had been receiving nuisance calls from a man.



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Halimah Ahmed's family has been paying tribute to her



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