Harry Uzoka death: First picture of young British model, 25, killed in ‘robbery gone wrong’ in East Acton

This is the first picture of young British model Harry Uzoka who was tragically stabbed to death during a suspected botched street robbery in west London.

Harry Uzoka, 25, was signed with top London agency Premier Model Management which helped develop the careers of stars including Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer.

He was found collapsed on a pavement on Old Oak Road, East Acton at shortly after 4pm on Wednesday with a knife wound to his chest.

He is understood to have staggered through a nearby estate following a suspected “robbery gone wrong”. Paramedics battled to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was signed with top London agency Premier Model Management. (Harry Uzoka/Instagram))

Tributes have flooded into the young model, whose face had appeared on billboards in the UK and USA. Recent modelling work had included for leading British magazines Hunger and GQ as well as and high street fashion store Bershka.

An Essex-based hip hop artist known as Cally the Dreamer told the Standard: “He went my school, was a few years below.

Old Oak Road and part of Uxbridge Road was taped off by police as a crime scene was put in place on Wednesday evening. (Sean O’Kane, Twitter)

“He was a lad that I admired, changed his life for the better and inspired many to do better. 

“Amazing young man with so much life a big loss to the world. A great human, prayers go out to his family.”

Mr Uzoka was believed to have been stabbed to death in a ‘robbery gone wrong’. (Harry Uzoka/Instagram)

DJ and musician O’Neil McDowall, who said he knew Mr Uzoka from a young age, said: Being able to be a part of your life was a blessing for me! 

“Seeing you at 11 playing football and then growing up to become a beautiful talented young man didn’t come as a shock.

Mr Uzoka’s photographs for high street fashion store Bershka. (Harry Uzoka/Instagram)

“I knew you would go places! We spoke last week of how proud I am of you! I love you, H.”

London Fashion brand Yemzi was among those in the fashion and photography world who paid tribute to the young man, tweeting: “Such a special soul.”

Photographer Philipp Raheem said: “Rest well young king”  while Hunger Magazine tweeted: “We are beyond shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of model Harry Uzoka. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP.”

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DJ Kartel Brown called the news “heartbreaking”, adding: “One of the humblest and nicest people I’ve met. Rest In Peace bro.”

The killing brings the number of murders in London in the first two weeks of 2018 to five. Police have confirmed four of the victims were stabbed to death.

No one has yet been arrested following Mr Uzoka’s death. Police are continuing to appeal for information.

Anyone with information should call Hammersmith and Fulham Police by dialling 101.

Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/harry-uzoka-death-first-picture-of-young-british-model-25-killed-in-robbery-gone-wrong-in-east-acton-a3738941.html