Friends and family pay tribute to King’s Cross murder victim

PUBLISHED: 14:48 28 October 2010

King's Cross murder victim Sonia

King's Cross murder victim Sonia


POLICE have named the person who died on the tracks at King’s Cross station on Monday as Sonia, a 63-year-old from Shaftsbury Avenue.

Sonia, a cross gender who was also known as her legal name of David Burgess, was a solicitor with two identities, both of which were known to her family, friends and work colleagues.

A woman, Nina Kanagasingham, 34, of Chichele Road in Cricklewood has been charged with her murder and will appear in court today.

Sonia leaves behind two daughters and a son, all adults.

Her family members have released the below statement: “Sonia (David) was a loving and wonderful person and will be missed deeply. We would appreciate being given space to come to terms with our loss.”

The law firm where she worked as David Burgess, Luqmani Thompson and Partners in Wood Green, said: “We are immensely saddened by the death of David Burgess, an enormously talented practitioner, an inspiration to a generation of lawyers practising in this field, and a great friend.

“David’s contribution to legal development is unquestionable but what is sometimes forgotten is that he was a pioneer in setting legal tests and trends in genuinely trailblazing cases.

“This firm has tried hard to live up to the high standards set by David, we would not have been the same firm without his contribution and encouragement; we shall not be the same firm without him.”

Investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Ashley Croft, said: “We would like to express our condolences to Sonia’s (David’s) family following this tragedy.

“Family liaison officers are working closely with Sonia’s family, providing them support and assistance during this difficult time.”

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