Found dead 31st January 2014

Maria Duque-Tunjano (48) was found dead in a flat in Earl’s Court, London on 31st January 2014. She died from head injuries after being hit over the head with a blunt object. She had been dead for several days before her body was found.She lived in Streatham.

On 3rd February 2014 police said they were looking for Robert Richard Fraser, also known as Robert Aleem or Shia Robert Jackson.

They are linking the killing of Ms Duque-Tunjano to an attack on another woman in Paddington, west London, on 18th January. It is reported that both she and Ms Duque-Tunjano worked as prostitutes. The woman, who in her 20s, was assaulted and robbed by a man on 18th January, but was not seriously injured.

Police believe Ms Duque-Tunjano had also been robbed of cash.

Ms Duque-Tunjano was a British national originally from Colombia who lived in Streatham, but used the Earl’s Court flat for work.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall said: “We have established that Maria was last seen alive on Tuesday 28 January. We also understand she was in the company of a man and our primary focus is to trace him as part of this investigation. It is imperative that we trace him as soon as possible. We have spoken to organisations with links to those who work in the sex industry to make them aware of this incident and pass on the message that personal safety of sex workers is of paramount importance.”

Note: This report was drawn from a report on the BBC.

FOD Comment:

FOD notes that the BBC News website headline referred to Ms Duque-Tunjano as “Earl’s Court Prostitute Maria Duque-Tunjano”. We object to the unnecessary and sensationalistis headlining of Ms Duque-Tunjano’s profession. She was a woman, brutally killed. She deserves respect.

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