Death fall Rosi tried to escape captives’

PUBLISHED: 12:17 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:50 25 August 2010



A TEENAGE woman who fell to her death from a homeless hostel may have been trying to escape people holding her captive.

A TEENAGE woman who fell to her death from a homeless hostel may have been trying to escape people holding her captive.

Rosimeiri Boxall, 19, of Battery Road, Thamesmead, fell from the third storey window of council-run flats in Coleraine Road, Blackheath, at 6.30pm last Saturday.

Neighbours said they heard a screaming argument between a male and females before Miss Boxall fell.

A male neighbour, who would not be named, rang the police when he heard the commotion: "I heard some very aggressive sounding, top volume shouting, at about 6.30pm.

"I rang the police and said there was an argument that sounded bad. I didn't know someone had fallen from the window, it just sounded dangerous.

"I thought it was possibly between two men and a woman. I heard a man shouting 'leave her alone, get off her' or something like that.

"It got very very loud and then there was a very heavy falling sound. It was like a piece of iron, a metallic thud.

"It was like someone had dropped an anvil out of the window. Then there was even more shouting."

Police arrested two teenage girls aged 13 and 17 over the death.

They are treating Miss Boxall's death as suspicious and have bailed the girls until June.

A police spokeswoman said: "We are satisfied it is not gang related and, at this stage, we don't believe she was pushed."

Brazil-born Miss Boxall was the adopted daughter of Reverend Simon Boxall, vicar at St Paul Church, Bentham Road, Thamesmead.

She had moved out of home and was looking for work but was not a resident at the Greenwich temporary home.

The family of the teen released a statement on Monday that read: "The loss of Rosimeiri, a much loved sister and daughter, has left a void in this close-knit family that cannot be filled.

"Rosi was adopted but she was our daughter and sister.

"More than just a daughter and sister, she was also a great friend who will always be missed.

"She was a loving, caring person who brought frequently-remembered times of fun and laughter to the family and who was much loved by her three nieces."

One neighbour, Fatima Anifowoseshehu, 28, of Battery Road, said: "I used to see her out and about and she was always very happy, very smiley.

"I find it surprising that she may have been bullied. I don't see why you would want to be cruel to her."

Other neighbours spoke of how friendly Miss Boxall's family were.

Last summer her father organised a street clean-up for residents in Battery Road.

Marco Silva, 31, said: "They're good people. We just moved in and my wife was outside speaking Portuguese, when her father came over and introduced himself in Portuguese.

"He had spent some time over in Brazil, he said. I think that's where he adopted his daughter."

Miss Boxall was pronounced dead in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, less than an hour after her fall.

If you were near 105 Coleraine Road last Saturday or have any information about the incident, call the incident room on 020 8721 4961, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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