Fulham stabbing: Man, 29, knifed to death after fight in street as friends pay tribute to 'super friendly guy'
Police are investigating after a man died in a stabbing in west London.
Officers were called to a fight in Fulham on Gowan Avenue at 12.27am on Saturday, where they found a man, 29, who had suffered stab wounds.
Londoners rushed to his aid until an ambulance arrived. The victim received further treatment for around 30 minutes from paramedics but died at the scene just before 1am.
A friend of the victim, who has been named locally as Nathaniel, described him as a “good guy” today.
“It’s still processing, he was a good guy, he was a big man, 29, you don’t do silly things like this, knife crimes.”
The friend, who asked not to be named, said he was not aware of similar violent incidents in the largely quiet residential area but added: “There might have been a stabbing in this area, don’t get me wrong, but they are normally with kids, not people our age.
“Even if there was a little problem it should not have led to this.”
Another friend, who gave his name as George, said he went to Southampton University with Nathaniel, who then moved back to the area to find work.
Speaking near the victim’s home, he said: “We don’t know how this happened.
“He’s got a lot of friends who live local to here. He was well-known in the local area.
“Everyone in the area would have know him from basketball.”
He added: “He was super friendly, a BFG. He looked super scary – six foot seven, big beard – but super friendly. It would shock you how friendly he was.”
Neighbours said they heard an argument at about 12.30am before police and paramedics arrived at the scene.
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard an argument but not very loud screams, not a violent argument, no tussling and then they just wandered off.
“I heard no screams at all, you expect a fight and a scream but there was not really any of that, just loud voices.”
The victim’s next of kin have been informed. Scotland Yard’s Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating.
Police said they are still working to establish the full circumstances of what happened.
Officers said they wanted to trace a light skinned black male, around 6ft tall who was seen near the scene at the time of the stabbing.
DCI Glen Lloyd said: “This murder investigation continues apace. Police work at the crime scene is ongoing. Active enquiries are in hand.
“We are appealing for information from those who were out and about in the area at the time of the attack and saw anything of note.
“My team is particularly keen to trace a light skinned black male, approximately 6ft tall who was seen near the scene at the time of the incident. Did you see him? Do you know who he is? Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is urged to contact police.”
There have been no arrests.
Gowan Avenue is the same street where TV presenter Jill Dando was shot dead on April 26, 1999.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0208 358 0100 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.