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Sunday, 9 February, 2003, 12:20 GMT
Calls flood in to Marsha murder hunt
Marsha McDonnell
"Bubbly, always making jokes and doing crazy things"
More than 200 calls have been made to police hunting the murderer of 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell who was killed just yards from her doorstep in south west London.

Detectives say they are pleased with the response, which follows a weekend of emotional appeals for information from her family and friends.

But the seven men who were travelling on the bus Miss McDonnell used to get home from a night out at the cinema that night have yet to come forward, police said.

"There is nothing on its own significant in the calls so far but they are little bits of the jigsaw that could lead to something significant," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Ashley Clifford (front seated) Laura Scott (left), Lucy Packman (centre) and Joanna Guttridge (right
Marsha's friends said she was fun, clever and beautiful
Police are still investigating whether another girl may have been attacked nearby.

Miss McDonnell was clubbed three times over the head with a blunt instrument in Priory Road Hampton, just after midnight on Tuesday.

Police believe it was an "unprovoked stranger attack" but said the motive was a complete mystery, as nothing had been stolen and she had not been sexually assaulted.

On Saturday her friends paid tribute to their fun-loving and "very special" friend.

Ashley Clifford, 19, Joanna Gutridge, 19, Lucy Packman, 18, and Laura Scott, 18, said Marsha was "too good for this world".

"She was really bubbly and making jokes and doing crazy things, she was always so full of life and I have such good memories," said Lucy.

She was such an understanding person, she would always ask if something was up and you could see that she really cared

Friend Laura Scott

"If you went out with Marsha you had a good time, wherever it was it would be fun."

They said Miss McDonnell had been passionate about art and music, and had hoped to follow her tour manager father into the music industry.

Pop star Kylie Minogue has sent flowers in memory of the aspiring bass player who loved music, it has emerged.

Laura said: "She was such an understanding person, she would always ask if something was up and you could see that she really cared.

Police notice near the murder scene
Police are checking whether another girl was attacked
"She could be quite shy at times... All the boys fancied her but she never knew it, she never believed it."

Since the murder appeal, another girl has reported waking up in hospital with head injuries.

She had been heading home not far from Priory Road on 8 January, and it had been assumed she had slipped on ice.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook said: "We are now looking again at her injuries and trying to determine if it could be connected to this incident."


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