Mum ‘strangled sons before taking her own life’ in murder suicide, say reports

A mother and her two sons have died in their family home in what is suspected to be a murder suicide.

Nadja De Jager, 47, is believed to have strangled or suffocated sons Alexander, 9, and Maximus, 7, before killing herself, The Sun reports.

The bodies of the family were found in the Belvedere, South London house on Thursday morning, after the police received a call expressing concern for the family’s welfare.

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Post-mortem examinations are being conducted to determine the exact cause of death, but detectives have said that they’re not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders.

It is yet to be publicly understood why Nadja decided to take her life as well as her children’s.

Originally from Sweden, Nadja spoke multiple languages and ran a property company with her husband and her children’s father, Herman De Jager, before he resigned.

The couple were divorced and had been separated for a while, according to neighbours.

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.

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"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.”

Neighbour, Marion Beazer, 69, said: “As far as I’m aware they were just a normal family. Seeing the kids toys out the front tugs on the heart stings. It’s just dreadful.”

Fellow neighbour, Dawn Porter, also: “If it was anything that she did perhaps she could’ve come to some of the neighbours and said ‘I’m having problems’.

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“It’s very sad, you just want answers when something like this happens.”

The deaths of the young children and mother has rocked the community and tributes continue to pour in.

In a statement from the boy’s school, Alexander and Maximus were described as “loving and caring boys who had a real hunger to learn.”

“They will be hugely missed by pupils and staff alike, and forever be part of our hearts at Belvedere.”

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