Today, the son of Rosemary Shearman described the moment he found out his mother's death, and appealed for anyone with information to come forward. Greg Shearman said:
"It was unreal, it's not the sort of thing that happens to your own family. But laying flowers at her house for myself and my sister - was just terrible.
"If anyone was in that area, and may have seen something, just contact the police. This is a nan, my mum, who's been taken away from us. And it's wrong. If you can help, ring the police."
A family paid tribute today to a devoted grandmother murdered in "an unbelievably shocking and cruel way" in Hornchurch. 77-year-old Rosemary Shearman was found by neighbours in Platford Green last Tuesday.
The family of Rosemary Shearman, said: "Our mother has been taken from us in an unbelievably shocking and cruel way. We are finding it very difficult to come to terms with her loss and the way it happened.
"She was a devoted grandmother and although she never fully recovered from the death of our father nearly five years ago, she lived a very full and busy life."
A man was charged last night with the murder of 77 year old Rosemary Shearman.
50 year old Thomas Blazquez, from Redbridge was charged with killing the grandmother in her own home in Hornchurch last Tuesday 3rd September.
He will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow.
The son of pensioner, Rosemary Shearman, who was killed at her home in Hornchurch spoke today of how he was struggling to come to terms with what happened.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Gregory Shearman said: "I'm just totally shocked. I don't know what to say."
It's emerged the 72-year-old pensioner was bound, gagged and stabbed in the random attack.
Police have appealed for witnesses after an elderly woman was murdered in her own home. Neighbours discovered the body of the victim after a taxi driver failed to get an answer when knocking on the front door.
A 50-year-old man has been arrested and is being treated in hospital with self inflicted injuries. Our Senior Correspondent Ronke Philips reports.
Police guard the house of 72-year-old Rosemary Shearman, who was killed in a random attack by a stranger.
I would like to hear from anyone who lives in Platford Green, or the surrounding streets, who saw a man acting suspiciously in the area during Tuesday morning.
He may have been knocking on doors and trying to talk his way into peoples' houses. He is described as a white man, 6ft2ins tall, of heavy build but not muscular, wearing a navy pin stripe suit. If you saw him or spoke to him please get in touch with us.
– DCI Noel McHugh, Met Police
We are keeping an open mind regarding the motivation behind this murder, but I am confident that the victim and the suspect were not known to each other.
Any witnesses are asked to contact the Incident Room and give us any information they may have on 020 7321 7228.
Neighbours report that the attacker was seen on CCTV camera walking casually into the pensioner's home. The body was found by a concerned friend.