Brent Cross stabbing victim was ‘lovely’ 21-year-old as pals pay tribute

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A 21-year-old stabbed to death in a shopping centre has been named as Gideon Thamba.

He was known as Tonkz to his friends and was killed on Tuesday afternoon in Brent Cross, north west London.

Tonkz, from Grove Park in Colindale, was fatally stabbed inside the shopping centre, LondonLive reports.

According to those who knew him, Gideon was the youngest of three siblings and a "lovely person".

Police were called to the shopping centre at 6.45pm on Tuesday (May 4) following reports of a fight breaking out between a group of males.

  • Man, 21, stabbed to death inside store at major shopping centre

When police officers and paramedics arrived, Tonkz was found with stabbing injuries. London's Air Ambulance was also called, but he sadly died at the scene.

Pictures from the scene showed several police vehicles and ambulances parked outside Brent Cross Shopping Centre, with large cordons in place.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed a murder investigation has been launched and two arrests have been made.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and another man, also believed to be 18, has been arrested on suspicion of affray.

Tributes have poured in online for Tonkz, with one reading: "RIP Tonkz. Actually can't believe it.

"My head is spunnn right now, he was clean hearted man."

Another said: "Stabbed to death inside Brent Cross shopping centre broad day. Bucked him like two weeks ago.

"RIP Tonkz man, these kids have no limits whatsoever."

Another Twitter user said: "Stabbing at Brent Cross today, it was my neighbour who was killed. RIP Tonkz."

Another said: "I, as everyone else is, am absolutely heartbroken… He is such a lovely person he would never pass you by without a little hello or a conversation – how could he just be gone why … London is getting worse and worse."

Emergency services scrambled to the scene following reports of a group of men fighting, Met Police said.

First aid was started by officers and members of the public and the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance were called.

Police said that efforts are currently underway to inform his next of kin after a man died at the scene.

An 18-year-old man was arrested nearby on suspicion of murder.

A second man, also believed to be aged 18, has been arrested on suspicion of affray.

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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.

“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."

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