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Tragic as Mother found hanged in her London home with her son drowned

 A mother and her seven-year-old son have been found dead at their east London home.

Yulia Gokcedag, 35, and her son Timur were discovered by Metropolitan police officers who had been alerted to concerns about their welfare and forced their way into a property in Tower Hamlets at about 3.20am on 13 August.


The pair, who had been reported missing the day before, were unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives are not seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.

The Metropolitan police said postmortems gave the cause of death for Gokcedag as hanging and for Timur as drowning. An investigation was launched by the force’s specialist crime command. Inquests into the deaths will be held at Poplar coroner’s court on 16 December.

Gokcedag worked as a city analyst for Moody’s Investors Service. She had studied at the Moscow Financial University and taken an academic English course at the London School of Economics.

A former colleague said she was a “gentle, kind and very warm, ambitious young woman”.

“We both speak Russian and have little ones so had tonnes to talk about,” the friend told Sun Online. “She was a very proud and happy mother, she was always thinking of what is best for her family … She also had lots of experience and was a team player. I am very sad she is gone.”

A friend who went to university with Gokcedag said she was “sad to hear that [Yulia] left us being so young”.

One neighbour told the Evening Standard: “I am horrified at this. I just can’t believe this has happened here. It’s beyond comprehension.”

Another said: “I knew them. It’s terrible. I can’t put it into words.”

Gokcedag was born in Russia and had worked at two banks there before coming to the UK.

The Met said its directorate of professional standards (DPS) had been informed. A referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which referred it back to the local professional standards unit which is currently investigating.


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