Tributes paid to woman, 23, found dead at York playing field

The area off Windmill Lane where the body was found. Photograph © Google Street View
18 Nov 2015 @ 1.55 pm
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The area off Windmill Lane where the body was found. Photograph © Google Street View
The area off Windmill Lane where the body was found. Photograph © Google Street View

Police have revealed the identity of the woman who was found dead at a York playing field earlier this month.

She has been named as Azusa Nose, aged 23, from Japan. She was a student at the University of York.

An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned on Friday, November 13..

​Police believe there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

Officers were called to reports of the sudden death of a woman at St John Playing Field, Windmill Lane, York at about 9.25am on Monday, November 9.

Officers found the woman’s body. An ambulance was called but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘A genuinely good person’

Azusa, better known as Azu, was a master’s student in Citizenship and Global Education in York University’s department of education.

A university spokesman said everyone was deeply saddened by her death. “Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this distressing time,” he added.

Those who taught with Azu paid tribute to her. Education department head Dr Beatrice Szczepek Reed said: “Azu was a very conscientious student.

“All of us were very much looking forward to getting to know her better and seeing her develop.” 

Azu’s MA programme leader and supervisor, Professor Ian Davies, added:

Azu was a genuinely good person. She was someone who took her work seriously and had already made good friends.

She was preparing to take part in so many exciting things and is sorely missed. We remember her with great respect.

She was a member of Alcuin College. College head Dr Paola Zerilli said:

We are deeply saddened by Azu’s death. This is very upsetting news for us all as Azusa was a very dear member of the Alcuin community and she will be greatly missed.

We shall miss the richness she had to offer both as a human being and as a student.

Through services provided by Student Support and Alcuin College, the university is supporting all those staff and students affected by the loss of Azu.