TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman and her fiancé found dead in a flat after she travelled to the UK to visit him.
Nino Calabrò, 25, and Francesca Di Dio, aged in her early 20s, were discovered in Stockton-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, on Wednesday.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.
The couple were originally from Sicily but Nino worked as a table games dealer at a casino nearby.
Francesca had been visiting him in the UK for Christmas when the horror unfolded.
She tragically shared a post of the couple in a pub just days before the killing saying she was feeling "so in love".
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Tributes have now flooded in for the young couple, who had been engaged for over three years.
One of Nino's colleagues wrote: "Can't quite believe it… Nino Calabrò rest in peace man.. can't believe I was only talking to you on Sunday, gonna miss you loads – you were such a laugh to work with."
Another said: "Such sad news to wake up to this morning. R.I.P Nino Calabrò will always remember you for your amazing customer service and such a big personality.
"You will be missed by so many and the casino won't be the same without you."
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While one of Francesca's pals wrote: "I can't believe this. She was my classmate and school mate and she was such a good girl R.I.P beautiful angel. Together with your love."
Police were scrambled to the home at around 2.10pm on Wednesday.
A murder investigation was launched with cops appealing for information.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Carr, said: “A man and woman have sadly died and a man remains in police custody in connection with the incident.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have been passing the flats on Thornaby Road, which were formerly known as The Royal George Pub, between 10am and 11am on Wednesday 21st December.
"If anyone was passing and saw anyone acting suspiciously or any suspicious activity, please contact us.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting incident number 228839.
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