Victims of London bloodbath revealed as Dolet Hill, Denton Burke, Tanysha Drummonds And Samantha Drummonds (Photos)
Four murder victims found stabbed to death in South East London today were revealed to be grandmother Dolet Hill, 64, her daughter Tanysha Drummonds, her granddaughter Samantha Drummonds (left), and her partner Denton Burke. A friend of Tracey Henry, her other daughter, said: ‘Tracey is absolutely devastated right now, she can’t talk to anyone. She’s lost four members of her family.
Why it happened we just don’t know. It’s a really bad time for us all.’ A relative of Dolet previously confirmed she was one of four people found dead at a terraced house in Bermondsey in the early hours of today, alongside a woman in her 40s and another in her 30s. Dolet was a local NHS hospital and was undergoing treatment for cancer, MailOnline revealed.
Pictured: Dolet (in the multi-coloured dress), her daughter Tanysha (with her arm around her) and her other daughter Tracey (pictured in a white dress).
Other neighbours revealed how they heard chilling screams before armed police swooped on the home and made the grim discovery. Detectives were called at about 1.40am to reports of a disturbance at the property, before forcing entry inside and discovering four people with stab injuries.
A man in his late 20s was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a police station where he remains in custody. Specialist crime police are investigating, and said they believe all five people were known to each other.
One resident heard a woman ‘screaming for about five minutes’, adding: ‘It was awful. I thought it was someone was holding someone hostage or something but when I heard the police, the helicopter, the ambulances, I knew it was really serious. I saw about eight or nine police cars – all were armed – come out and surround the area.’
Police put up a large cordon including metal grates around Delaford Road while their investigation continued on the street. Four forensic tents were put up outside the £600,000 house in the London Borough of Southwark.
Another neighbour said: ‘I saw a load of police jump out of their cars with guns. There were about eight police cars, several ambulances, and some of them were going door to door.
‘They came to the back garden to make sure our door was secure. It was about 2am. We didn’t hear anything else – we were just told to stay inside. My husband said he swore he heard screaming, shouts, some commotion.’
It comes as London Mayor Sadiq Khan continues to face questions over crime rates in the capital, with boxer Amir Khan saying last week that he should ‘pull his finger out’ after he was mugged of his £72,000 watch in Leyton.
Despite the efforts of emergency services, all four people were pronounced dead at the scene and officers are now in the process of contacting next of kin. Post-mortem examinations will be arranged in due course.