Tattooist ‘going blind’ believed to have killed partner and himself in murder-suicide


Catalin Micu, 54, and Ramona Stoia, 35, who have a son together, were found dead in their tattoo parlor in Canterbury, Kent at around 5.20pm on Monday in what appears to be a murder-suicide

The bodies of Ramona Stoia and Catalin Micu were found in a Kent tattoo parlor

A mum who was found dead alongside her partner in their tattoo studio in an apparent murder-suicide was described as a “perfect soul” on Tuesday.

Catalin Micu, 54, and Ramona Stoia, 35, were found in their parlor in Canterbury, Kent at around 5.20pm on Monday.

Armed officers were called to GothInk Studio at about 5.20pm after two people had been “found injured”, Kent Police said.

Officers are understood to be treating the incident as a murder-suicide carried out by Catalin.

The tragedy has sparked a huge outpouring of grief and left the Canterbury community reeling.

Ramona, who has a young son with Catalin, has been described as “absolutely lovely” – a talented and popular tattoo artist with a huge following.






Ramona, who has a young son with Catalin, has been described as “absolutely lovely”

“Ramona was a pure, perfect soul” said one woman, while another added: “She was an absolute angel. One of the loveliest souls I’ve ever met.”

Close friend Ann Sinden said: “She was the warmest, kindest, most generous person ever.

“We are devastated for her, her family and their son. But also for Cat’s family as they aren’t to blame for this. So so sad and so many lives have been ruined.

“Ramona was amazing. She was kind and generous and had the biggest heart. Our hearts went out to everything that knew and loved her.”







A man and a woman have been found dead in a tattoo shop after armed police rushed to the scene
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Regular customer Erica Terry-Rose said she is “absolutely devastated” by the tragedy.

She wrote on social media: “It is going to take some time to process this. They have always been so kind and amazing to me. I’m absolutely shaken by the news. I’m heartbroken.

“I feel so much for their little boy. It’s such a huge tragedy for the local gothic and tattoo scene.”

She added that Catalin, known as Cat, had begun having difficulty with his eyesight “which would have been such a stress for his ability to tattoo.”







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Ali Gun, owner of Cousins ​​Pool and Snooker Lounge which is just above the tattoo parlor, recalled the moment police first arrived at the crime scene last night.

He had been in the street outside when he noticed a police van and car pull up outside GothInk.

Mr Gun added: “The [police officers] came out of the car, ran inside, and then a girl came out shaking, very shocked.

“We heard the police inside saying ‘first aid, first aid, first aid’, and we didn’t really want to look at what’s happened inside – something terrible.







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“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. It’s shocking, for this to happen on our street.”

Pictures posted on Instagram show Catalin and Ramona had worked together at GothInk Studio since at least 2016.

Investigators are probing the deaths, but officers said they are not currently looking for any suspects and are only treating the death of the 35-year-old woman as suspicious.

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