Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a murder investigation was launched following the death of 35-year-old Shakira Spencer at her home in Hanwell.
Officers were called at 4:38pm on 25 September 2022 to Shakira’s address in Holbeck Road, Hanwell where they forced entry to the premises and found her body
A special post-mortem examination is taking place today (28 September 2022).
A murder investigation has been launched by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, who leads this investigation, said: “While we await the outcome of a post-mortem examination to confirm how Shakira died, all the information available points to the fact she has come to harm. I need to know why people would want to harm Shakira.”
DCI Howie added: “I am appealing for any information about Shakira specifically in the period between Friday, 9 September and Friday, 16 September. Did you see her out and about? Did you have contact with her in any way? If so, did she speak about any concerns she had? I would urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, to get in touch with my team. Specially trained officers are supporting Shakira’s family at this devastating time but they need answers and I would implore anyone who can assist to get in contact with police.”
Detective Superintendent Sharon Brookes of the West Area Command Unit, which covers Ealing, said: “I understand the alarm and concern this news will cause the local community in Hanwell where Shakira lived, and throughout the wider Ealing borough. A team of experienced detectives are now working diligently to ensure those responsible for this crime are identified and held to account. If you have information that could assist the investigation then please get in contact with police immediately.”
On 26 September three people were arrested on suspicion of murder. A 25-year-old man [A]; and two women [B] aged 37 and [C] aged 43, remain in custody.
Two people – a man [D] aged 40 and a woman [E] aged 78 – have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender; both have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote ref 59/26SEP.
If you have information and wish to remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111