A 21-year-old man stabbed to death inside a north London shopping centre on Tuesday evening has been named by his family as Gedeon Ngwadema.
Mr Ngwadema died at Brent Cross Shopping Centre, after police and emergency services rushed out to reports of a group of males fighting at around 6.45pm.
Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation, with one 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder. A second man, believed to be aged 18, has been arrested on suspicion of affray.
The 21-year-old’s mother Thethe Elonga broke down in tears as she laid flowers at the scene of her son’s death on Wednesday morning.
She told the Evening Standard: “I’m heartbroken. He was a wonderful boy, respectful and lovely. He did very well at school and had a very bright future ahead of him.”
Speaking at the shopping centre this morning, Mr Ngwadema’s uncle Fred said: “It’s very shocking and I feel completely down – it’s unbelievable.”
His uncle added: “He was a very good boy, quiet and polite. He wanted to do businesses studies and then set up his own business one day, selling clothing or food.”
Friends of Mr Ngwadema – known to his ‘Tonkz’ – paid tribute to him on social media.
Police praised the “courage” of members of the public who tried to give the victim first aid before officers and paramedics arrived. Despite the best efforts of London Ambulance Service, Mr Ngwadema died at the scene.
Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, who is in charge of policing in northwest London, said: “My thoughts are with the loved ones of the young man who has been killed in this incident.”
She added: “I would like to offer my thanks to the members of the public who came to his aid. They showed considerable courage.
“Two people have been arrested and an investigation is already underway. We will do all we can to identify and bring to justice those responsible.”
Mr Ngwadema was the 33rd person to be murdered in the capital this year, and the 26th to be fatally stabbed.
Anyone with information should call 101, providing the reference CAD6136 / 04MAY. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.
Additional reporting by SWNS