Police Name Euston Stabbing Victim As 22 Year Old Bright Akinlele

Detectives investigating the murder of a 22-year-old man in Camden can now name the victim.

Although we await formal identification, officers are confident that the deceased is university graduate Bright Akinlele, aged 22.

The sports management graduate who was forging a career in music management walked into a hotel in Euston Street, Camden shortly before 22:45hrs on Monday, 18 February suffering from stab injuries.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service, but despite efforts to treat him, Bright was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:31hrs.

Enquiries have established that he entered the lobby of the hotel from the street and then collapsed.

Ivan Toney, a professional footballer for League One side Peterborough United, denied reports that Mr Akinlele had been involved in filming a “drill” rap video before the stabbing.

He added: “We are all devastated. His friends and family are devastated.

“I’ve known Bright for years. He was a university graduate who worked hard to get a degree in sports management to be where he wanted to be in life.

“He was doing what he loved and was working as a manager to an artist in the music industry.

“I spoke to him the day before he died and was so impressed with how committed he was to his work and how determined he was to live his life as a good, honest and humble person.”

Another close friend told the Standard: “Bright was an amazing person with an infectious energy. You can meet him once and remember him for a life time because he was simply an amazing person.

In an emotional tribute, Northampton MC, Izzie Gibbs said Mr Akinlele was a childhood friend who was “a clean-hearted human being trying to help people change their lives.”

Staff at the hotel immediately came to his aid, contacting the emergency services.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed. Formal ID has not yet taken place.

A postmortem examination carried out on Wednesday, 20 February found the cause of death to be a stab wound to the leg.

Four men and seven women, aged from 19 to 28, were arrested on Monday, 18 February at an address in Camden on suspicion of murder. All eleven have been released on bail to return on a date in mid-March pending further enquiries.

A murder investigation has been launched by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command under the leadership of Detective Chief Inspector Glen Lloyd.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or the events immediately following the attack, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400, on 101, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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