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Tributes to mother killed in Chalk Farm stabbing

'She was just a normal mother. She was a really nice girl, clean-living, and who loved her son.'

09 September, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

A WOMAN fatally stabbed in a Chalk Farm street last night (Wednesday) has been described as a mother-of-one working hard for her young son’s future.

Police believe they know the identity of the woman who was pronounced dead in Belmont Street shortly before midnight. Grieving friends said her name was Shakira Mercedes – she sometimes used her second name as a surname – and that she lived in the King’s Cross area.

Her death was one of two killings in Camden last night, although police are not linking this case with a fatal shooting in nearby Malden Road at a similar time.

Shakira Mercedes

Friends said Shakira, 22, a former pupil at Maria Fidelis School in Somers Town, had simply had the misfortune of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

Terry Ellis, who had helped organise the Camden Against Violence community festival in Queen’s Crescent just a day earlier, said: “She was just a normal mother. She was a really nice girl, clean-living, and who loved her son. She was someone who wanted to give him the best advantages in life.”

He added: “It is purely a case of wrong place at the wrong time. This incident was nothing to do with her.”


A close friend, Ronney, 21, added: “I lived with her for two or three years. She was part of my family. She was part of everyone’s lives. She helped everybody. She was lovely – very loud and very funny.”

She said that Shakira had “adored her son”, adding: “He was her whole life.”

Two other women were found with slash injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. They were taken to hospital for treatment.

Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command have been informed.

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody at a north London police station.

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 8249/08Sep. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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