Hospital staff last night told of their sadness after an NHS worker allegedly killed her daughter before taking her own life in a suspected murder-suicide in west London.
Shiwangi Bagoan, 25, was found dead alongside her two-year-old daughter Ziana Bagoan in their Hounslow flat at just after 4pm on Monday.
Ms Bagoan is understood to have worked as an anaesthetist’s assistant for the University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust last night described the mother as a ‘highly valued member of our team’ who will be ‘missed by her colleagues.’
A statement added: ‘We are extremely saddened by the deaths of Shiwangi and her child. Our deepest condolences go to her family, friends and loved ones at this very difficult time.
‘As the police are currently investigating the circumstances around the deaths, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.’
Ms Bagoan’s friend told MailOnline that the mother was a ‘lovely lady’ who ‘doted on little Zia’, with others saying she had bought bicycles for them both last week.
The friend added: ‘I only saw her last week and she seemed fine. Shiwangi lived with her mother and her daughter. She didn’t have a partner as far as I’m aware.
‘She doted on little Zia. She was a lovely lady, a good friend of mine and I’m just devastated. I cannot believe she would hurt Zia nor take her own life.’
Shiwangi Bagoan, 25, was found dead alongside her two-year-old daughter Ziana Bagoan in their Hounslow flat at just after 4pm on Monday. The pair are pictured together in this image handed to MailOnline by a friend.
Ms Bagoan is understood to have worked as an anaesthetist’s assistant for the University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Pictured: Police at the scene
Metropolitan Police rushed to the fourth-floor flat in Drake Court alongside paramedics on Monday.
Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command have since launched an investigation, but it is not believed anyone else was involved in the tragedy.
DCI Helen Rance, who is leading the investigation, said last night: ‘This is a tragic incident. We are extremely saddened by the deaths of Shiwangi, a young mother and her daughter.
‘Our deepest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues at this difficult and upsetting time.
‘Officers are currently investigating the circumstances around their deaths, and enquiries continue.’
Vipul Limbachia, who runs a nearby dry cleaners, said: ‘There were about 15 vehicles parked outside the block of flats, ambulances, first responders, police vans and squad cars.
‘I knew it was something serious but I only found out this morning it was a mother apparently killing her daughter and then herself.
‘The flats are new, they’ve only been opened about 18 months to a year. Nearly all the flats are rental with a few that are shared ownership.
The Trust last night described the mother as a ‘highly valued member of our team’ who will be ‘missed by her colleagues.’ Pictured: Police at the scene
Ms Bagoan’s friend told MailOnline that the mother was a ‘lovely lady’ who ‘doted on little Zia’, with others saying she had bought bicycles for them both last week
‘Quite a few of the people who live there work for the NHS.’
Residents who saw a police car and officers arrive at the development on Monday evening also said a woman and a young child were escorted from the building.
A 68-year-old woman, who lives in the same block but did not wish to be named, said: ‘I just looked out my window and I saw the police were outside.
‘Then a woman and a child came out. The child was about seven or eight.
‘They didn’t say anything. I think they were escorted by police and there was one marked police car.
‘I don’t know if anymore were parked elsewhere as there were a lot, a lot of police officers.
‘It is very upsetting, a woman and a two year old child. It’s very shocking.’
A man, 24, who lives in the building but also did not want to be named, added: ‘Oh my gosh, it is very disturbing.
‘I have never had something like this happen in my life so close to home. It is pretty awful. I didn’t hear anything last night. It is very quiet here and it is a great flat.’
He added: ‘Because of Covid, everyone is trying to avoid any contact with anyone. It has been very quiet.’
Kai Huo, 28, who lives directly above the apartment where the bodies were found, said: ‘It really is very shocking.
‘I did not hear anything and I was working from home all day yesterday. At around 6pm, I was still making some calls and I didn’t hear anything strange.’
In a statement on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said: ‘The woman and the girl were related to each other.
‘Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
‘An investigation is underway led by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Homicide).
‘While the investigation is still in its early stages, officers do not currently believe anyone else was involved in this incident.’