An 18-year-old Nigerian, Israel Ogunsola, who was stabbed to death on Wednesday night in Hackney, London.
Ogunsola’s death is coming barely less than 10 days after Abraham Badru, son of Enitan Badru, a member of the House of Representatives, was shot dead in the UK.
It is understood that Ogunsola was attacked on Wednesday while cycling in Hackney, east London. The computer programming student was found by police at 8pm and given first aid but pronounced dead at the scene 25 minutes later.
Like many recent deaths in the capital, Mr Ogunsola’s killing is thought to be gang-related.
The Sun UK reports that Israel had survived a previous attack when he was targeted alongside a friend on Old Street, north London, as a “warning” by a rival gang.
A friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Israel was lovely, I couldn’t believe it when I heard he had been killed.
“He was stabbed five times at St Bart’s Court over New Year as well, I would not have let him out the house if it were my son.
“I cannot believe that this has happened to him, that stabbing was a warning and now he is dead.
“He nearly died. They had to save his life.”
Devastated pals referenced deadly gang turf disputes and “post code wars” while paying tribute to the “intelligent and humble” IT student.
Morgan, 19, told Sun Online: “I would just like to say that he was the most kind-hearted guy ever! A soul that will truly be missed by many.
“He’s a friend that wouldn’t see you everyday but when he did see you it’s like you never missed a day without each other.
“Honestly a good guy with great intentions.”
An 18-year-old and 17-year-old were arrested on suspicion of murder last night.
Meanwhile, the victim’s father, Dele Ogunsola, who spoke to EveningStandard demanded that the “bloodshed must stop”.
Dele said his family has been living in London since 1985.
His words: “My son was a well brought up boy who respected everyone and was liked by all and sundry.”
“He was thoughtful and joyous and had lots of friends. He went out on his bicycle and never came back. He was on his own as far as I know, maybe it was a robbery, the police have not told me.
“We are struggling to come to terms with what has happened. He has an older brother and sister, he was the baby of the house. We are all heartbroken.
“The bloodshed must stop. London’s streets are so dangerous. Young people are being slaughtered every day. If it means bringing back more stop and search, then so be it. We have to tackle this problem and the Government needs to do more.”