The mother of a young man stabbed to death less than half a mile from his family home collapsed in tears as he lost his fight for life, witnesses said today.
Ernest Kalawa, 24, was found suffering multiple stab wounds in Haymerle Road, Peckham, at about 5.30pm on Friday.
Neighbours told of distressing scenes as his mother begged to be allowed to cross the police cordon to be with him in his final minutes. She had arrived minutes after the stabbing, after racing from the family’s home in nearby Naylor Road.
She was screaming and shouting because she wanted to go to her son, but the police wouldn’t let her. “She thought her son had died already, but they told her that he was still hanging in there.
“Then the police officer came over to her and said he had passed away. She collapsed in the street.”
Tributes to Mr Kalawa, known as Alex or Robo, have flooded in on social media while scores of floral tributes have been laid at the spot where he fell, outside Deerhurst House.
“He was good at football. He was business-minded, he was motivated to come out of this situation. It’s very sad. Maybe some people deserve this, but not him.”
A murder investigation has been launched following Mr Kalawa’s death, which a post-mortem found was a result of multiple stab wounds. The killing was the last fatal stabbing in the capital in 2016.
Detectives are asking anyone who was in Haymerle Road at the time of the attack to call the incident room on 020 8721 4205 or via 101.
A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed to a date in April.