Son of Mexican politician who plunged to his death ‘while having sex with wealthy Russian student’ on sixth-floor balcony of London apartment block
- Anastasia Tutik, 19, and Miguel Ramos, 18, died in Deptford, south London
- Her distraught parents are believed to be flying in from their native Russia
- Police called to apartment block on banks of River Thames after midnight
- Scotland Yard said deaths were ‘tragic accident’ and are seeking witnesses
- Samson Oguntayo, 32, lives opposite the apartment block
- He said the couple were having sex on the balcony seconds before fall
- After hearing screams he ran downstairs and found bodies in pool of blood
- Family of Miguel Ramos, including his politician father, visit scene of tragedy
The family of one of the two teenage students who died after falling 60ft from a luxury apartment block balcony have visited the scene of the tragedy.
Mexican Miguel Ramos, 18, and 19-year-old Anastasia Tutik were in a clinch when they lost their balance during a party in Depford, South East London, to mark the end of exams.
Today Miguel’s grieving father Miguel Lozano Munguia was among family members who visited the scene.
He is the former mayor of the town of Pesqueria in Mexico and was once head of the centre-left Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the state of Nueva Leon.
The family arrived at the block, Knights Tower, around midday.
They were escorted by a driver employed by the college and were greeted by another teenage Mexican boy. He was thought to be Alfonso, a friend of Miguel’s who was at the party.
The pair were celebrating at a luxury apartment with fellow students from Bellerbys College, an international school which charges fees of up to £21,000 a year.
Witnesses described hearing a huge bang in the early hours.
Samson Oguntayo, 32, who lives in a neighbouring block, said: ‘They were trying to have sex on the balcony. The guy was lifting the girl and putting her on the bannister, he kept on doing it.
‘You could see they were doing some really dangerous stuff.
‘At some point friends must have come outside and they got down and came back inside and then came back out again. They started doing it again.
‘You see people on the balcony doing all sorts of things and I just felt they will probably go back inside. The last thing I expected was to see them falling down. We just screamed.’
Mr Oguntayo said he ran to the scene and discovered both teenagers lying dead in a pool of blood on a stone patio.
He dialled 999 but paramedics could do nothing to save either teenager. Witnesses said the pair’s friends were hysterical.
Shradha Chaturvedi, 31, who lives on the second floor of the block, said: ‘I heard a very, very loud noise and a lady screaming.
‘Initially I heard a boom and at first I thought a firework had gone off or something. My husband came down and there were two guys outside who were totally drunk.’
Alfonso, a fellow student from Mexico, said Miguel arrived in London a week ago. ‘They met at the party,’ he added. ‘He liked her and she liked him so they went on to the balcony to make out – to kiss and cuddle. They were alone on the balcony.
‘Miguel had come to London to take a summer course in English. He was from Monterrey and he wanted to study business.
‘Anastasia was very pretty – slim, blonde with green eyes – but she was very intelligent as well. She was one of the top students in the class.
‘She was studying A-levels and she was hoping to go to university in September. Miguel’s family are devastated. His parents are flying over from Mexico. They will arrive tomorrow morning.’
Anastasia’s parents, who live in Russia, are believed to be flying into London today. Bouquets of flowers have been placed at the foot of Knights Tower, which has spectacular views of the Thames and Canary Wharf.
Detective Chief Inspector Helen Millichap, of the Metropolitan Police Service, said: ‘We believe this was a tragic accident.’
Bellerbys hosts up to 300 international students who study A-levels, foundation courses and other qualifications.
Principal Paul McGregor said: ‘We are supporting the families of the deceased through this very difficult time. Counselling services are available to all students and staff at the college.’
Earlier this year, 17-year-old Russian student Polina Artomonova died in her room at Bellerbys in Greenwich, reportedly after taking drink and drugs.