Death – Mother is ‘truly heartbroken’ after death of daughter, 29, who ‘fell in with wrong crowd’

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Mother is ‘truly heartbroken’ after daughter, 29, who ‘fell in with wrong crowd’ is found battered to death with blunt object as man, 26, appears in court charged with her murder

  • Kirsty Louise Ashley, 29, was found dead in Newham, east London on Boxing Day
  • 26-year-old Yahya Aboukar has since been charged with Miss Ashley’s murder
  • Her ‘heartbroken’ mother Tracy has said that her ‘life will never be the same’ 
  • Miss Ashley’s sister Kyomi Martin said she had ‘fallen in with the wrong crowd’ 










The ‘heartbroken’ family of a young woman found dead in east London said she had ‘fallen in with the wrong crowd’ after not speaking with relatives for a long time.

The body of 29-year-old Kirsty Louise Ashley, originally from Scunthorpe, was found at a house in Earlham Grove, Newham, at 11.55am on December 26.

A murder investigation was launched by the Metropolitan Police and Yayha Aboukar, 26, has since been charged with her death.

Mr Aboukar appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday, December 31.

Miss Ashley’s sister Kyomi Martin told Grimsby Live that she feels ‘broken’.

Kirsty Louise Ashley, 29, originally from Scunthorpe, was found dead at an address in Newham, east London, on Boxing Day. 26-year-old Yahya Aboukar has since been charged with murder

Kirsty Louise Ashley, 29, originally from Scunthorpe, was found dead at an address in Newham, east London, on Boxing Day. 26-year-old Yahya Aboukar has since been charged with murder

She said: ‘We played together every weekend in the park near where mum lived and played in the street.

‘Kirsty gave me a nephew and a niece and I always remember us having a laugh when we were younger.

‘All we want to do is bring her back to Hull. Once we have her back we can start planning a funeral.’

Ms Martin said her sister had ‘fallen in with the wrong crowd’ and had not spoken to relatives for many years due to a family breakdown.

Miss Ashley was part of a large family, including two sisters, three half-sisters and a brother. She had two children of her own who were later adopted.

She had lived with her grandmother Jean Ashley in Scunthorpe but visited her mother and sister regularly.

Ms Ashley moved first to Hull, then Grimsby, and later Bradford before settling in London several years ago. 

Miss Ashley's sister Kyomi Martin said she had 'fallen in with the wrong crowd' and had not spoken to relatives for many years due to a family breakdown

Miss Ashley’s sister Kyomi Martin said she had ‘fallen in with the wrong crowd’ and had not spoken to relatives for many years due to a family breakdown

Police outside the address in Newham, east London, where Miss Ashley's body was found on Boxing Day

Police outside the address in Newham, east London, where Miss Ashley’s body was found on Boxing Day

Another sister, Chelsea told media: ‘My mum Tracy Bemrose has said life will never be the same, she’s truly heartbroken. 

‘No child should go before their parents.

‘I am also truly heartbroken. It’s come as a massive shock for us all but we are pulling together as a family through this devastating time.’

A post-mortem examination took place on Monday, December 27, at East Ham Mortuary and gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma. 

The Met Police confirmed Mr Aboukar and Miss Ashley were known to each other. 

Miss Ashley was part of a large family, including two sisters, three half-sisters and a brother. She had two children of her own who were later adopted

Miss Ashley was part of a large family, including two sisters, three half-sisters and a brother. She had two children of her own who were later adopted

A cordon remained in place at the scene on Earlham Grove throughout Boxing Day and yesterday as police carried out investigation work.

A neighbour in Newham told mylondon: ‘This road is actually one of the best ones in Newham. Lots of people with nice cars live on this road compared to everywhere else.’

Another added: ‘I’ve just got back from seeing family. Didn’t think anything like this would have happened.

‘It is heartbreaking. The last thing you want to see, especially around Christmas.

‘I feel for her family. I have no clue who she was as it seems a lot of people come and go from all the properties round here. My heart goes out to her.’

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.