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Family's heartbreak after 'beautiful and kind' fashion student

A family have spoken of their heartbreak after a "beautiful and kind" fashion student was found dead near her home aged just 20.

Nina Paunova drove to a secluded field before her body was found near her abandoned car.

Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

Over the weekend, Nina's family and friends paid tribute to the young woman who lived in Beverley, East Yorks, with her mum Niviana, stepfather Jim McGivern and 11-year-old sister Marina.

Her father, Vesselin, is a professor of chemistry at the University of Hull.

Her family has described how the popular student had a bright future ahead of her.

"She was a lovely girl, she had lots of friends and she was just full of life," said Mrs Paunova.

"She always liked to try new things or try new food in nice surroundings and she loved to travel."

Miss Paunova, who was born in Bulgaria, but moved to the UK at the age of five, followed her passion for clothes and make-up from a young age.

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She studied art and design at Bishop Burton College where she received a triple distinction in her final exams.

Her academic success meant she won a scholarship to fund further studies and later this month she was due to start the final year of a fashion and marketing degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

"She absolutely lived for fashion," Mrs Paunova said.

"She loved clothes and make-up.

"She enjoyed dressing up and going out with friends and sharing pictures on social media. She liked things to be pretty."

Mr McGivern paid tribute to his stepdaughter as a determined and committed young woman who juggled a number of jobs alongside her studies.

He said: "She was a stunning, bright and hard-working girl who had her whole life ahead of her.

"Although she had a short life, she lived it to the full.

"She enjoyed the high-life but she was a grafter too. She worked very hard and had quite a few jobs."

Close friends and former classmates have also paid tribute to Nina

Lisa Murphy wrote on Facebook: "R.I.P Nina, you're the Beauty of Beverley and will be missed by many."

Olivia Oxton said: "RIP you beautiful girl. Words cannot describe this tragedy we will miss you so much."

Jaide Andrews wrote: "The most gorgeous girl Beverley has seen, rest in peace Nina."

Lottie Arianna Rose Pratt wrote:"R.I.P my little neeny! "You've touched so many people. I'm still trying to take it all in, i just want this to be a nightmare.

"You was meant to be partying with me tonight! Gettin our freeeek on!

"I do love you Nina. I hope you've found the peace you wanted. Gone but never forgotten"

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