COLLEAGUES at Sunrise Radio knew Geeta Aulakh as a happy, warm person who showed no sign of the fear and hardship she was living with.
Her boss, Avtar Lit, was one of the last people to see her alive. The chairman and chief executive of the station, based in Merrick Road, Southall, said: “She left at 6.15pm that day with two colleagues and went to the railway station. Her colleagues took the train while she took the bus to where she was ambushed.
“When she left she was smiling and laughing as usual. I went to a reception and got a call from my night manager that police had arrived at about 9.30pm to say Geeta had been involved in a serious incident and did we know her parents' address.”
Mr Lit said her colleagues were shocked to discover the extent of the burden the 28-year-old mother-of-two was carrying.
He added: “Unfortunately we learned more about her after her death, we had no idea she was going through so many personal difficulties. We had no inclining, she was a very private person and seemed a happy girl. We didn't even know she was going through divorce proceedings.
“She was the receptionist for five radio and television stations and would meet and greet an awful lot of people, from Bollywood stars to politicians and senior policemen.
“She would've had a database of virtually everybody, direct line numbers for the head of social services, senior police officers, people who would really have been able to help her.
“She was a proud girl a very protective girl and came from a lovely family. The more we found out after she died the more respect we had for her.
“Obviously justice has been done, but it's a poor consolation for the life of such a lovely girl and the destruction of the lives of her two children.”