At least one of four people found stabbed to death inside their house in Southwark, south London, in the early hours of Monday morning is Jamaican.
She has been identified as 64-year-old Dolet Hill, who is reportedly from Lyssons, St Thomas, and who was a former employee of the National Health Service (NHS). She was said to be receiving treatment for cancer at the time she was killed.
Samantha Drummonds (left) and her mom Tanysha Ofori-Akuffo
The other victims have been identified by London’s Metropolitan Police as Hill’s partner, 58-year-old Denton Burke; her daughter, 45-year-old Tanysha Ofori-Akuffo, otherwise called Rachquel; and Tanysha’s daughter, 27-year-old Samantha Drummonds.
Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent, Colin Wingrove, told the media that a 28-year-old man, who they believe is known to the victims, has been taken into custody.
Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent, Colin Wingrove speaking to media at the scene on Monday.
A woman who said she is Hill’s niece told reporters at the crime scene on Monday that “she (Hill) didn’t deserve this”.
“She was very loving, very kind, very generous. She worked very hard in this country to support her two girls and her two grandkids. She does not deserve this,” Reid added.
The four were found after neighbours heard screaming that reportedly went on for several minutes.
Officers had to force their way into the house, which is located on Delaford Road, Bermondsey, about 1:40am on Monday.
Reid said she visited the scene of the stabbings to “see it with her own eyes” after struggling to believe the news.
She said Hill, her mother’s sister, had worked as a housekeeper at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and was a “very nice lady, very friendly” and a Christian.
“She looks over everybody,” Reid said. “They didn’t deserve this. She is a very lovely lady.”
She said the family were “really close” and originally moved to the UK from Jamaica.
Hill’s partner reportedly worked as a street sweeper in London while their daughter was a district nurse.
The couple had another daughter who worked for Southwark Council and was one of those who “raised the concern” with police, said Reid.
The suspect who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder is currently being treated in hospital. The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday that he is in a stable condition and remains under arrest.
Images taken at the scene in Delaford Road, a short walk from Millwall FC’s stadium, showed four body bags being loaded into a private ambulance on Monday afternoon as the police investigation continued.
Others showed four police tents set up outside the house and a metal barrier blocking off the street.