A distraught mum collapsed in grief as she visited the scene of her son’s death at a busy shopping centre.
Gedeon Ngwendema, 21, has been named locally as the victim of a stabbing in Brent Cross, north London on Tuesday.
Mum Thethe Elonga went to the scene on Wednesday to lay flowers and pay tribute, where she collapsed and broke down in tears.
The victim – also known as Tonkz – died after police were called following reports of a fight breaking out between groups of males at around 6:45pm.
Paramedics and an air ambulance also attended but Gedeon, from Colindale, sadly passed away.
Ms Elonga told the Evening Standard.: “I’m heartbroken. He was a wonderful boy, respectful and lovely.
“He did very well at school and had a very bright future ahead of him.”
Relatives said that Gedeon had been out shopping with his mother, he returned home and then received a call from a friend.
He then went back out – and his family never saw him alive again.
Gedeon’s uncle Fred added: “He was a very good boy, quiet and polite.
“He wanted to do businesses studies and then set up his own business one day selling clothing or food.
“It’s very shocking and I feel completely down – it’s unbelievable.
“He’d just been shopping with his mum to buy some water when his friends called and said ‘oh bruv, 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.”
One tribute posted online said: “RIP Tonkz. Actually can’t believe it. My head is spunnn right now, he was clean hearted man.”
Another added: “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.”
A third wrote, reports MyLondon: “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.”
The Metropolitan Police launched a murder probe following the fatal incident and two men, both aged 18, have been arrested.
One man was arrested on suspicion of murder while the other was arrested on suspicion of affray.
Chief Superintendent Sara Leach 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 under way. We will do all we can to identify and bring to justice those responsible.
“The public can expect to see a heightened police presence in the area through the rest of this evening and in the days to come.”
The shopping centre was open at the time of the incident and it is likely that there were a number of witnesses, police said.
The force also praised members of the public who tried to help Gedeon.