‘Songbird’ who fell from skyscraper balcony may have been murdered

2018-05-31 11:30
Bethany-Maria Beales. (Photo: Facebook/Bethany-Maria Beales )

Bethany-Maria Beales. (Photo: Facebook/Bethany-Maria Beales )

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An aspiring actress and singer who plunged from the 19th floor of a high-rise building may have been murdered, according to police.

Bethany-Maria Beales (22) died of catastrophic injuries after falling from a balcony of an apartment in The Heron, a 36-storey building in London, UK, after a night out with friends on Saturday.

Her body was discovered on a glass-covered walkway at the foot of the luxury residential skyscraper, where properties cost up to £10 million (R166 million), according to Daily Mail.

A man and a woman, both 38, were arrested by police investigating the scene.

“They have both since been released on conditional police bail whilst the investigation into the circumstances of this incident continues,” a City of London police spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the Roehampton university graduate’s family are mourning the loss of their “songbird”.

“Beth was a kind, funny, loyal, intelligent, talented and stunningly beautiful person who changed the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know her and lucky enough to be loved by her,” they said in a statement, Metro reports.

“She was more than a daughter, grand-daughter, niece, cousin, stepsister, step-auntie, god-daughter or friend. She was the world to us all. ‘

“She had the brightest smile and the most beautiful singing voice. She was our songbird.

Bethany-Maria Beales

She would have gone on to become known to millions because of her extraordinary talent, they added.

“To say we will miss her does not come close to describing how we feel. Our world will never be as bright again now that our shining star has gone.”

Police have called for anyone who might have more information to come forward.

“Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or may have information which can assist our investigation is asked to contact police as soon as possible,” Detective Chief Inspector Edelle Michaels said.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in the Heron building, or the vicinity, on Saturday that may have seen or heard something.”

Beth’s social media accounts have been flooded with messages from friends and followers, who “can’t believe she’s not here”.

Sources: The Guardian, Metro, Daily Mail

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