Dorset

Samantha Henderson death: Fund set up for children

Samantha Henderson Image copyright Bam Bam, In Loving Memory
Image caption Samantha Henderson was last seen outside Corfe Castle Primary School on 21 January

Friends of a killed mother have set up a web page in an effort to raise money for her four children.

Samantha Henderson, 25, of Corfe Castle, Dorset, was reported missing on 22 January.

Her body was found in a lake in the Hamworthy area of Poole more than a week after she disappeared.

Friends of Ms Henderson, known as "Bam Bam", hope to raise enough money to form a trust fund for her children, aged six, four, two and one.

The site has raised more than £800 in two days.

Clare Tuck, who set it up, said: "It's phenomenal to see there are so many people coming together to help."

Emily Jayne, a close friend of Ms Henderson's, said: "It's been such a shock to everyone who knew her.

"It's so sad for her children and we just wanted to do something to help them."

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Image caption Floral tributes and tea-light candles have been laid in Corfe Castle in Samantha Henderson's memory

People have also left messages of sympathy on a Facebook page.

Dean Robertson said: "Rest in peace Samantha. Words are just not enough to say how sad we all are."

During the eight-day search for Ms Henderson, villagers tied yellow ribbons around their garden gates and car aerials.

Villagers have since been leaving floral tributes and candles by a cross in the village.

Post-mortem tests revealed Miss Henderson had been violently attacked around the head and neck.

Her partner Dominic Isom, 27, of Corfe Castle, pleaded not guilty to her murder at Winchester Crown Court on 30 January.

He is due to stand trial on 13 July.