By Charles Haviland
Sri Lanka police investigate the home of former Agence France Presse journalist Mel Gunasekera after she was stabbed to death
One of Sri Lanka's most prominent journalists, Mel Gunasekera, was staed to death in her home, on Sunday! "lthou#h this death does not appear to have een politi$ally motivated, Sri Lankans have rea$ted y lamentin# what they say is the %rutalised% nature of their $ountry!
To wake up to the news that a friend has been murdered is shocking.
My own distress and horror at the sudden ending of Mel Gunasekeras life is shared by hundreds of others in !olombo" her loving family and her many friends including fellow journalists#Many cannot believe she is no longer with us#$hanks to the internet% there have been many tributes to a woman who was good&humoured and irreverent% who helped others% who loved keeping dogs% driving fast cars and singing choral music#'(ou e)pected her to outlive you% and just be there%' one friend of the *+&year&old wrote#