Friends say the murder of “a ray of sunshine who always had a smile on her face” will leave a huge hole in their lives.
Charlotte Piccaver (26) was a well known face around Spalding and had a wide circle of friends.
Many have left messages of condolence on her Facebook page, saying how much she will be missed.
Laura Harris, who was one of Charlotte’s best friends, told the Spalding Guardian she is struggling to cope after finding out about the murder through Facebook.
She said initially, she had thought the news was a prank.
Laura said: “I was desperately trying to get hold of her on her mobile so she could tell me it was all just a sick joke.
“When I found out it wasn’t I just went into shock and I’m still struggling.
“Charlotte knew everyone in Spalding. I’ve known her for several years and she would come round mine and we’d go out clubbing.
“She was a nutter, but a good nutter. She was always there when you needed her.
“No one can believe what has happened,
“She would do anything for anyone.”
Another friend Shawn Smith described Charlotte’s death as “tragic”, saying: “Whenever you saw her she just cheered you up. She was a ray of sunshine.
“She always had a smile on her face, even if she was feeling down or had problems.
“She was one of the most special people I’ve ever known – I can’t believe she has gone.”
Amanda Simpson said she became “like a second mum” to Charlotte when she shared a house with her daughter Lisa-Marie Simpson in Spalding a couple of years ago.
She said: “Charlotte was so beautiful and was one of those people who would always stick up for others.
“She was such a good friend to my daughter – they were like sisters.
“Lisa-Marie was away at a concert when she heard and contacted me to see if it was true.
“I inboxed Charlotte on Facebook but didn’t get a reply, then I saw the ‘rest in peace’ messages on her timeline.
“Charlotte was so well-liked by everyone. We are all devastated.
“Heaven has gained someone super special.”
And Sarah Adcock, who grew up in the same street as Charlotte, said the 26-year-old – known for her trademark brightly-coloured beanie hats – was “a law unto herself”.
She said: “She had a heart of gold but she was always up to mischief.
“Her death is a huge shock.”