A woman found dead in her Birmingham home last week has been named as “caring, loving” mum-of-two Lucy Powell.
Lucy was found unresponsive at the house in Swancote Road, Stechford, last Thursday evening (27 January) by officers who forced entry following concerns raised by a family member.
A post mortem examination has now concluded the 21-year-old was smothered and died at the scene.
The body of a man was also found inside the house.
Gregory Duhamel, aged 47, died from hanging and police investigations have now concluded that he killed Lucy before taking his own life.
West Midlands Police is not seeking anyone else in connection with their deaths and the matter will now be referred to the coroner.
Family pay tribute to brilliant, loving mother.
A tribute from Lucy’s family reads: “Lucy was a kind, caring beautiful person inside and out and always put a smile on everyone’s face.
“She was a brilliant, loving mother to her two young children.
“She was taken from us way too soon and nothing will ever fill the heart-breaking hole in our hearts. Rest in peace our special girl.
“Loved by all, Lucy will be missed so much.”
One of our specially trained family liaison officers continues to support Lucy’s loved ones during this tragic time.
Chief Superintendent Mat Shaer, our Birmingham East Police Commander, said: “The post mortem examinations have confirmed our suspicions: this was a murder-suicide and no-one else was involved in the deaths.
“It’s a truly tragic case and my heart goes out to Lucy’s wider family, friends and of course her two young children.
“We have been working with partner agencies to ensure the children receive all the support and help they need.”
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