A mother reportedly ‘strangled her two sons to death before killing herself’ in a ‘murder suicide’. Two brothers aged nine and seven were tragically found dead alongside their mother at their London home and have been pictured today.
Property boss Nadja de Jager, 47, and her two children, Alexander, nine, and Maximus, seven, were found in their house in Belvedere, near Bexleyheath, southeast London. Police confirmed the identities of the three victims and said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the tragedy.
Neighbors are now mourning the loss of the family following the grim discovery. One resident told MailOnline: ‘I’m absolutely shocked. ‘The first thing I knew something bad had happened was when the police turned up at lunchtime yesterday. I’ve since found out that Nadia and her two boys are dead.’
It is understood the property boss either strangled or suffocated her sons before killing herself, The Sun reported. There were no weapons used in the tragedy and post-mortems will be conducted to determine the official causes of death.
Police had called at 11.50 am yesterday to concerns for the welfare of the occupants of the home. Officers forced entry to the address to find the bodies. Detective Inspector Ollie Stride said: ‘This is a deeply sad case and we are continuing to establish the circumstances that led to this tragic incident.
‘I would like to thank the local community for their cooperation while our officers go about their enquiries. ‘Our thoughts today are very much with the family as they struggle to come to terms with their loss and we ask that their privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time.’
One neighbor told MailOnline: ‘I didn’t know her [Ms de Jager] well, only to say hello to, but she was always smart and her kids were well looked after. ‘In the summer the boys would play happily in the garden. God knows what happened.’
She added that the family appeared recently to be preparing to move out but then changed their minds. ‘A couple of weeks ago it looked like they were moving out. She’s taken the curtains down and thrown a load of old toys away,’ she said. ‘And then everything went back to normal.’
Another neighbor told how the family had moved into Mayfield Road, a quiet residential street, about five years ago but had not fully integrated. She said: ‘She moved in about five years ago. I always said hello to her but she didn’t really want to take it any further than that.’
Mother-of-two Bukky Adekoya shared the feeling of shock at the children’s murders. She told MailOnline: ‘It’s really really sad to think that something like this could happen in my street. ‘I have only just found out what happened and I’m totally shocked. ‘I have two children and I cannot imagine that this could happen here. It is a really nice place to live. It is quiet and there is a park at the end of the road where the children can play.’
Another neighbour, who gave his name only as Victor, added: ‘This is such a tragedy. This is a very safe and happy place to live. The children can play safely outside their houses or in the park at the end of the road.
‘This is a very sought out location. If anyone puts their house up for sale it goes very quickly.’ Meanwhile, Dawn Porter, who lived on Mayfield Road with Ms De Jager and her sons, said: ‘I don’t think it’s properly sunk in, I feel kind of physically sick thinking about what has gone on.’
‘If it was anything that she did perhaps she could’ve come to some of the neighbours and said ‘I’m having problems’. It’s very sad, you just want answers when something like this happens.’ Ms de Jager is understood to have worked as the managing director of a local property company. Post-mortem examinations are being arranged and the next of kin have been informed.
The terraced property – which is on a road where the average house price in the last 12 months was £395,000 – was sealed off today following the discovery of the bodies. Forensic teams were seen searching the grey Mitsubishi pick-up truck in the drive of the 1940s terraced house.
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 11:50hrs on Thursday to concerns for the welfare of occupants at an address on Mayfield Road in Belvedere. ‘Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. At the scene, a 47-year-old woman and two boys, aged nine and seven, were found deceased inside the property.
‘The Met’s Specialist Crime Command is leading the investigation. At this early stage, detectives are not actively seeking anyone else in connection with the investigation. A crime scene remains in place.’ A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 12.16 pm yesterday (March 9) to reports of an incident on Mayfield Road, Belvedere. ‘We sent a medic in a fast response car and two incident response officers to the scene. ‘Sadly three people were pronounced dead at the scene.’
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