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Tribute to pizzeria murder victim

Eleni Pachou
Eleni Pachou's body was found inside the restaurant

A trainee manager whose body was found inside a restaurant in Glasgow has been described as a "beautiful, sparkling young woman" by her bosses.

A murder inquiry has been launched following what police called the "violent death" of Eleni Pachou.

The body of the 25-year-old, who was from Greece, was found in Di Maggio's pizzeria in Ruthven Lane in the city's west end at 0820 BST on Friday.

It is thought she may have been stabbed as the restaurant closed on Thursday.

Det Ch Insp Michael Feighan of Strathclyde Police said it was an "horrific crime".

The murder inquiry was launched after a post-mortem examination was carried out on Ms Pachou, who lived in the city's North Frederick Street.

'Sparkling woman'

Det Ch Insp Feighan said: "Eleni was the victim of a violent death and our number one priority is to trace the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.

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Local residents react to the murder

"What we need is support and assistance from members of the public who may know something that could prove vital to the investigation, no matter how insignificant it may seem."

A spokesman for Di Maggio's said the murder was "a terrible shock to everyone".

"Eleni was a beautiful, sparkling young woman who was a valuable and very well-liked member of our team," he said.

"She first worked with us as a waitress for 12 months, until May 2007.

"When she rejoined us in October last year her obvious talent and flair saw her win a place on our trainee management programme, where she was excelling.

"Everyone here is absolutely stunned by this tragedy and our thoughts are very much with her family."


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