Elizabeth Thomas: Stabbed Oxted girl's family 'broken'

Elizabeth Thomas Image copyright Surrey Police
Image caption The body of Elizabeth Thomas was found by police called to a flat in Amy Road, Oxted, on Friday

The family of a 17-year-old girl found stabbed to death at a flat in Surrey have said their lives have been "broken beyond repair".

The body of Elizabeth Thomas, a pupil at Oxted School, was found in the flat in Amy Road, Oxted on Friday.

"Elizabeth was a kind, caring, loving and gentle girl," her family said.

A 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of her murder has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and transferred to a secure hospital.

Surrey Police said he remained on bail.

Elizabeth grew up in West Wickham in south-east London and was studying for her A-levels.

"Throughout her GCSEs, Elizabeth studied hard and did very well," her family said.

"We were all extremely proud of what she had achieved.

"Following Elizabeth's death we have been truly overwhelmed by the messages and support we have received from everyone who knew her."

They paid particular tribute to Elizabeth's friends and those of her younger sister, saying they had shown "a great sense of maturity and respect".

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