Nursing student Daiane Pelegrini stabbed to death in Sydney's west remembered as 'the best mum'

| 04.08,20. 02:18 PM |

Nursing student Daiane Pelegrini stabbed to death in Sydney's west remembered as 'the best mum'

Daiane Pelegrini, 33, was stabbed in her unit at Oatlands.(Supplied)

A nursing student stabbed to death inside her unit in Sydney's west is being remembered as a kind person, devoted mother and carer.

Daiane Pelegrini moved to Australia from Brazil with her husband at the end of 2016, but the pair decided to separate two weeks ago.

The 33-year-old was with a man she had recently started dating when she was allegedly confronted by an intruder inside her Oatlands unit yesterday afternoon.

Paramedics treated her at the scene but she died shortly after she arrived in a critical condition at Westmead Hospital.

Police arrested David Tran, who underwent a mental health assessment and a COVID-19 test in hospital before being taken to Granville Police Station.

The 25-year-old is being questioned by detectives.

Ms Pelegrini has an eight-year-old daughter — who was with her husband, Marcelo Antunes de Ataide — at the time of the alleged attack.

"She was a really good mother ... she was the best mum and would do anything for her daughter," he said.

"She is a nice person. Her mum passed away two years ago and it was really hard for her, she has been struggling.

"When she lost her mum, it was like half of her life."

Ms Pelegrini was studying nursing part-time at the University of Western Sydney, but worked as a carer for people suffering from Alzheimer's.

"She was a tough woman, she think that when you say a good thing to her, she doesn't believe it too much, but she has a good heart," he said.

Mr Antunes de Ataide said his wife had complained a few times about a man who kept showing up at her doorstep and urged anyone in a similar position to call police.

"Please if anyone suspects a woman is in trouble, please call police, please ask for help," he said.

"We are devastated, we have a good family in Brazil and my daughter doesn't want to leave Australia and her friends."

Neighbours have described their shock after learning that Ms Pelegrini had died.

"She was a really nice woman, she kept to herself, it is crazy that something like this could happen here — awful," one neighbour said.

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