Two teenagers who were seen 'kissing' on a Deptford balcony before falling six floors to their deaths have been officially named.
Police were called to Knights Tower, a new luxury complex in Wharf Street, on June 11 at 12.13am where Russian student Anastasia Tutik, 19, and Miguel Ramos, 18, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr Ramos, who arrived from Mexico a week ago, was the son of respected Mexican politician Miguel Lozano Munguia.
Ms Tutik was a student at exclusive fee-paying Bellerbys College London while Mr Ramos was studying at English language school Embassy London, located next to each other in Stowage.
In a joint statement, principal of Bellerbys College London Paul McGregor and centre director of Embassy London David Rowland said: "The police informed us of a tragic off-campus accident in the early hours of Wednesday 11th June, in which a student from Embassy London and a student from Bellerbys London, aged 18 and 19 respectively, fell from the balcony of a privately owned London residence, and were pronounced dead at the scene.
"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."
The deaths are not being treated as suspicious but police are investigating.
A resident who lives in the opposite block to Knights Tower, who did not want to be identified, said he saw a couple "frolicking" on the balcony.
He said: "The occupants were inside, these two were on the balcony. We were shutting our blinds when we saw a couple on their balcony frolicking. They were kissing and stuff, she was telling him to get off her.
"We then shut our balcony."
He said less than 10 minutes later he heard a "bang". His female partner, who did not wish to be identified, said: "We thought someone had been shot."
He said a neighbour witnessed the couple fall.
The man said: "She saw him lift her up and put her on the edge of the balcony, she said she had her arms around his neck and then he was stood against her kissing her.
"Then she saw his legs stumble backwards - he stumbled backwards and she stumbled the other way. Then they both fell off."
The couple from opposite Knights Tower said they later comforted a woman called Daria outside the block who was "hysterical" after the accident. Daria had said she was the dead woman's best friend.
Shradha Chaturvedi, 31, an auditor and resident of the second floor of Knights Tower, said she had heard a loud "boom" last night, which she believed to be a firework at first.
"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," she said.
"My husband came down and there were two other guys outside who were totally drunk. They said 'Don't go out there.' There was a woman out there who was crying."
Samson Oguntayo, 32, a self-employed events manager who lives in the neighbouring Cornmill House, said he and his partner Blessing had seen the couple fall.
He said:"You see people on the balcony doing all sorts of things and I just felt it was one of those things and in a moment they will probably go back inside.
"The last thing I expected was to see them falling down five floors.
"We just screamed."
He said he had run down and jumped over a fence and discovered the couple in a pool of blood.
He said it was believed that there were around seven foreign students at the party.
Block managers Michael Laurie Magar Ltd refused to comment on the accident.
Detective Chief Superintendent Helen Millichap, borough commander for Greenwich, said: "We believe this was a tragic accident involving two young people who were students attending a local college.
"We cannot release detailed information at the moment because we are still informing their families.
"We will work closely with the college to make sure any affected students receive information and support. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of these young people."
London Ambulance Service were also called at 12.05am and sent two responders in a car, an ambulance crew and an officer to the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call police non-emergency number 101 and ask for the CID at Plumstead police station. Or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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