A woman allegedly killed by her schizophrenic boyfriend in Melbourne has been remembered as a loving and happy sibling.
Geelong woman Natalina Angok, 32, was found dead in the city's Chinatown district on Wednesday morning and Christopher Allen Bell faced court on Thursday charged with her murder.
"They were dating, in a relationship. That was her boyfriend," Ms Angok's sister Helena told The Age newspaper, adding they had been together for more than a year.
Bell remains in custody and is due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court again on Friday.
The court was told on Thursday he was released from a mental inpatient facility "only a week ago" and required treatment for schizophrenia.
Ms Angok's family is in shock after her killing, Helena said.
"She didn't deserve to die in such a way, being killed by someone,” the sister said.
"She was a loving and caring sister, and a down-to-earth person, not a troublemaker.
“She loved everybody, even if someone did something bad to her, she would just talk and laugh with them."
Ms Angok’s family said in a statement on Friday they were “heartbroken”.
“Our family is finding the strength to come to terms with this tragedy and the loss of Natalina Angok,” the statement said.
Ms Angok has three brothers – one of whom she lived with in Geelong – and a sister.
She worked in warehouse packing, according to The Age.
Her body was found near Little Bourke Street just after 6.30am on Wednesday. Bell was arrested later the same day.
Police are yet to reveal how Ms Angok died.