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Couple found stabbed to death were feuding, neighbours say

PUBLISHED: 15:50 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 25 August 2010

KILLED:  Victim Tara Reeves was discovered with stab wounds to her neck and side.

KILLED: Victim Tara Reeves was discovered with stab wounds to her neck and side.

A COUPLE found stabbed to death in a tower block flat were having a domestic argument according to neighbours.

A COUPLE found stabbed to death in a tower block flat were having a domestic argument according to neighbours.

Tara Reeves, a 35-year-old mum, was found dead with stab wounds at her tower block flat, in Frances Street, Woolwich, at 5pm last Tuesday.

Her boyfriend Marlon McIntosh, 35, from Dartford, was also found stabbed once in the neck.

He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, where he was pronounced dead at 6.10pm.

A post mortem at Greenwich mortuary last Wednesday revealed he died from a single neck wound, while Ms Reeves had been stabbed in the side and neck.

The redhead victim was mother to teenager Jerry Reeves, whom neighbours said was being cared for by relatives.

A worker at Ms Reeve's old workplace, Rickman's Bakery, in Kingsman Parade, Woolwich, said: "I thought the police were doing a raid at first, but then I started getting asked about Tara and whether I knew she had been killed.

"Her son was upset and wanted to get into the flat but they couldn't let him, it was a crime scene.

"It's very sad, I would say she was popular.

"A lot of people knew her and her bright orange hair around here."

Residents said Ms Reeves had also worked at a market sweet stall and at Somerfield supermarket in Woolwich.

Another friend, who did not wish to be named, said: "She was a happy-go-lucky girl."

Two groups have been set up in Ms Reeve's memory on the social networking site Facebook with more than 320 members.

One, set up by Jerry Reeves, was called 'RIP Mum. Stop knife crime now'.

Condolences were left in memory of 'one of the greatest mothers alive'.

Homicide and Serious Crime Command officers believe the incident was domestic and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested at the time of the incident but released without charge.

Anyone with information should call the police on 020 8721 4905, or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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