The mother of Brent Cross stabbing victim Gedeon Ngwadema says he has a bright future ahead of him

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A man stabbed to death in a Brent Cross shopping center has been named by the family of Gedeon Ngwadema.

His mother, Thethe Elonga, broke down and broke down in tears as she arrived to lay flowers at the scene on Wednesday morning.

She told the Standard: “I am heartbroken. He was a wonderful, respectful and sweet boy. He did very well at school and had a very bright future ahead of him.”

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The family said Gedeon, 21, had been shopping with his mother, returned home and then received a call from a friend. He got out and his family never saw him again.

His mother added: “I don’t know how this could have happened. He was a great boy and loved by everyone.”

Gedeon’s uncle Fred said: “He was a very good boy, quiet and polite.

“He wanted to study business and then set up his own business one day, selling clothing or food.

“It’s very shocking and I feel completely disappointed – it’s unbelievable. “He had just gone shopping with his mum to buy water when his friends called him and said ‘oh boy can you come’.

“He said ‘man, I’m tired, I don’t want to go out, I just want to stay here with my mum.’ Then he came here and then he was stabbed.”

A tribute posted online said: “RIP Tonkz. I actually can’t believe it. My head is spinning right now, he was a pure hearted man.”

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Footage shared on social media showed police escorting shoppers out of the building and an air ambulance landing in the empty parking lot.

A defibrillator was used on the victim as he lay dying outside Marks and Spencers, witnesses said.

An Apple Store security guard said: “All security came immediately, then the police arrived and locked down the whole floor.

“The police were following them to the parking lot because they thought the attacker was there.”

Another witness told the Standard: “We just got the aftermath, they had someone on the floor behind some privacy screens outside M&S. They were using a defibrillator on him, so it must have been serious.

“We were really worried. We were taken away and then there were a lot of officers who came in.”

An 18-year-old man was arrested nearby on suspicion of murder. And the second man, believed to be 18, was arrested on suspicion of affray.

Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, who is in charge of policing in north-west London, said: “My thoughts are with the loved ones of the young man who was killed in this incident.

“I would like to thank 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 everything we can to identify and bring to justice those responsible.

“The public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area for the remainder of this evening and in the coming days.”

The shopping center was open at the time of the incident and there are likely to have been a number of witnesses.

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Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference CAD6136/04MAY. Information can also be given to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

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