Mum 'strangled sons aged seven and nine before killing herself'
Mum ‘strangled sons aged seven and nine before killing herself at London home’ in horrific ‘murder suicide’
- Nadja de Jager, 47, ‘strangled her two sons to death in murder suicide’ in London
- Police have named seven-year-old Maximus and nine-year-old Alexander as sons
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.
Neighbours are now mourning the loss of the family following the grim discovery. One resident told MailOnline: ‘I’m absolutely shocked.
Nadja de Jager reportedly ‘strangled or suffocated her two sons to death before killing herself’. Pictured: Police forensics officers at the southeast London home
Seven-year-old Maximus (right) and nine-year-old Alexander (left), were found dead at home along with their mother
Police guard a residential property at Mayfield Road in Belvedere near Erith in south London where the bodies of three people have been discovered
The 47-year-old mother who was found dead in her London home with her two sons has been identified as Nadja de Jager (pictured). She is understood to have worked as managing director of a local property company
Neighbours have described their shock following the grim discovery at lunchtime yesterday. Pictured: Seven-year-old Maximus
Police said that they are continuing to establish the circumstances of the deaths. Pictured: Nine-year-old Alexander
‘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 11.50am yesterday to concerns for the welfare of the occupants of the home. Officers forced entry to the address to find the bodies.
Tributes and cuddly toys were left outside the property after the tragic discovery was revealed
Police forensics officers leave a property on Mayfield Road in Belvedere, south London, where a 47-year-old woman and two boys, aged nine and seven, were found dead
One neighbour 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’
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 neighbour 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.
Maximus (left) and Alexander (right) were found dead after police were forced to enter the London property
‘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 neighbour 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.’
Officers and forensic teams at Mayfield Road, Belvedere, near Bexleyheath in south east London
Detectives are not actively seeking anyone else in connection with the investigation (forensics teams are pictured at the scene today)
Post-mortem examinations will be arranged and next of kin were notified and they continue to be supported by specialist officers
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 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 yesterday
Children’s toys were pictured at the scene at a property on Mayfield Road in Belvedere, south London
A bouquet of flowers has been left outside the property as neighbours reveal their shock at the tragic news
Police are pictured at the scene this morning. Concerns were raised for the welfare of the occupants on Mayfield Road at 11.50am yesterday
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 12.16pm 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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