'Destined for greatness': Friends pay tribute to woman, 20, found dead next to dad in luxury car

Olivia Lambert
Associate News Editor

A 20-year-old found dead in a luxury car next to her father has been remembered as “amazingly talented” and “destined for greatness”.

Sabrina Lekaj was found dead in a Mercedes Benz near her home in Kidman Park in Adelaide’s west just after 11.30pm on Sunday.

Police had been looking for the car after concerns were raised about Ms Lekaj and her 49-year-old father Petrit Lekaj earlier that day.

Sabrina Lekaj was found dead next to her father in a Mercedes Benz on Sunday. Source: Facebook

When officers found the car there was a man and woman inside, Yahoo News understand the duo in the car were Mr Lekaj and Sabrina.

The man was conscious but with a serious injury to his abdomen and the woman was dead.

Police would not officially confirm the identity of the two people, but said the woman’s death was being treated as suspicious.

However, friends and former school mates have since shared touching tributes to Sabrina Lekaj – a talented pianist who was studying medical radiation science at the University of South Australia.

Friend Jana Fandi told Yahoo News Australia she met Ms Lekaj when they attended Nazareth Catholic College.

Jana Fandi (right) says her friend Sabrina Lekaj (left) was amazingly talented. Source: Instagram

“We both did music and were very involved in the school’s music department,” she said.

“She was an incredibly beautiful and glamorous girl. She was sweet and funny.

“She was an amazingly talented pianist and was a high achiever. She believed she was destined for greatness and that one day she’ll make a breakthrough in medicine.”

Ms Fandi shared a photo with Ms Lekaj on her Instagram account, saying she couldn’t believe the news.

Police said on Monday Mr Lekaj has been detained by police.

A statement said was “taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital under police guard for treatment”.

Sabrina Lekaj had been studying medical radiation science at the University of South Australia. Source: Instagram

His condition is considered to be serious.

Investigating officers have been unable to speak Mr Lekaj because of his condition.

A police statement said the incident was not considered random as both people were known to each other.

"The investigation into the matter is continuing and there is a lot of background information that police are trying to establish," a police spokesman said.

Police are looking for information from anybody who saw the white 2002 Mercedes Benz sedan in the Kidman Park, Fulham Gardens or Findon area between 7.30pm and 11.30pm on Sunday.

Anybody with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.

– with AAP

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