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Memphis police identify city's first homicide victim of 2011

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police have identified the city's first homicide victim of 2011 as Leigh da Point, 48.  da Point's body was found Sunday night inside her home on North Yates.

Paula Aymett worked with da Ponte, and mentored her in her new job as a real estate agent.

"She was on an up beat and things seemed to be good," Aymett said Tuesday.

Described as loving and caring, friends said da Ponte was a single mother who lived for her daughter.

"She loved her daughter," Aymett said. "And you know, we talked real estate, but the end result was she was always talking about her daughter."

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to neighbors, the father of da Ponte's daughter brought the little girl home to North Yates.  When da Ponte did not answer the door, the father ran next door, where a Memphis police officer was off duty.  That officer helped find da Ponte's body.

Homicide investigators spent Monday on scene, investigating inside the home da Ponte's owned since 2008.  But police have released few details about their investigation.

"The details surrounding the victim's death are unknown at this time," a Memphis Police Department spokesperson said Tuesday.

"Hopefully, in the end, whoever did this will be found," Aymett said.

If you have information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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