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Boyfriend pays tribute to Nikitta Grender

Ryan Mayes, Nikitta Grender, Newport, fire, murder

Ryan Mayes, left, with Nikitta Grender

The teenage boyfriend of a murdered mother-to-be has paid a Facebook tribute to his “angels”.

The body of heavily pregnant Nikitta Grender, 19, was found by firefighters called to a blaze at her flat in Newport, South Wales, on Saturday morning.

What at first appeared to be a tragic death quickly turned into a murder hunt when police revealed she had been stabbed.

The teenager was due to give birth in two weeks to a baby girl the couple had already named Kelsey-May.

Miss Grender’s parents, Paul and Marcia, paid tribute to their daughter and unborn granddaughter yesterday and spoke of their struggle to come to terms with the deaths.

Miss Grender’s boyfriend, Ryan Mayes, 18, also paid tribute.

“Heya my angels hope your ok. you meant the world to me and the bbey would have,” he said on Facebook.

“You were the best thing ever created. i missed speaking to u this mrnin and giving u a kiss. i wish i cud be with u nw. My heart has been ripped open i love u bbey and kelc. 4 ever i promise. XXX”

Extra police patrols have been drafted in to the estate in Newport while the murder hunt continues.

Gwent Police are also distributing leaflets and using Bluetooth technology to appeal to residents in the Broadmead Park area.

A total of 50 officers are working on the case, with exhaustive house-to-house inquiries being carried out.

CCTV footage from the area is also being scrutinised in the hope that it will offer a clue.

No murder weapon has yet been found.

Superintendent Dave Johnson said: “Our officers are remaining at the scene, not only to provide reassurance but also to speak to any members of the public who may have vital information about the investigation or any concerns.”

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