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 Thursday with a knife wound to his chest.
He is understood to have staggered through a nearby estate following a suspected “robbery gone wrong” involving a number of people, police said. Paramedics battled to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tributes have flooded into the promising 6ft model, whose face had appeared on billboards in the UK and USA.
Mr Uzoka, who has more than 14,000 followers on Instagram, was also signed to Next Models agency in Los Angeles,
Recent modelling work included for leading British magazine Hunger, fashion brand Everlane in New York and high street clothing store Bershka.
One Essex-based hip hop artist known as Cally the Dreamer told the Standard: “He went my school, was a few years below.
“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.”
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.
“I knew you would go places! We spoke last week of how proud I am of you! I love you, H.”
Model Jourdan Dunn was among those in the fashion and photography world who paid tribute, tweeting: “Wow… I just woke up to the news about Harry Uzoka. Rest in paradise young king.”
London fashion brand Yemzi added: “Such a special soul” 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.”
DJ Kartel Brown called the news “heartbreaking”, adding: “One of the humblest and nicest people I’ve met. Rest In Peace bro.”
Another person, Lew Bloyce, called him a “young icon for black boys in the UK and London”, adding: “Absolutely shocking news.”
Ohene Kwaku, who runs African restaurant Kwaku’s Kitchen, said: “I’ve seen the young king Harry Uzoka’s face in a lot of places.
“It’s tragic and sad to hear his life has been cut short by cowards and the needless acts of knife crime yet again in London.”
Premier Model Management were unable to provide any comment but a source said the agency’s thoughts and priorities were with Mr Uzoka’s family.
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.
Two men, aged 27 and 28, were arrested nearby on suspicion of murder and remain in custody. Police are continuing to appeal for information.
Met Police detective inspector Beverley Kofi said: “This is another tragic murder with a young male victim who has met a violent death.
“We believe that the incident started outside Ollgar House, in Ollgar Close and the victim was assaulted and stabbed before staggering and collapsing in Old Oak Road.
“We believe there were a number of people involved, but we are still working to establish the circumstances and a possible motive.
“We have made two arrests and continue to pursue a number of lines of inquiry. We need to public’s help to piece together what happened – who the victim was seen with, the incident itself and the immediate aftermath.
“If you were in the area at the time and saw anything that could be of significance to the investigation, we would urge you to get it touch right away.”
Anyone with information should call Hammersmith and Fulham Police by dialling 101.