Tributes have flooded in for a flower vendor who was stabbed to loss of life near his stall in north London on Saturday afternoon.
Tony Eastlake, 55, died from a knife wound after being attacked in Islington simply earlier than 5.30pm, and regardless of the efforts of emergency providers was pronounced lifeless on the scene. Witnesses reported him being concerned in “an altercation” with one other man earlier than the assault, the Metropolitan police stated.
His household stated he had been engaged on his flower stall since he was 14. They stated in an announcement: “Our hearts are damaged for ever on the lack of such a really particular man.
“A person who was beloved by all people within the Islington group, who’s remembered as variety and caring and at all times laughing, however most significantly a father who leaves behind a devastated household, Lisa, Pauline, and his solely daughter and finest buddy, Paige, who he adored.”
They continued: “Tony labored on the flower stall on Essex Street since he was 14 years previous and was there by way of rain or shine, a smiling and pleasant face to so many people. There have already been a whole lot of messages of assist for him from all those that knew and beloved him over time.”
Eastlake’s household referred to as on anybody who may need data to talk to police. A postmortem is because of happen within the coming days and to this point no arrests have been made.
DCI Vicky Tunstall, main the investigation, stated: “Now we have a devoted workforce of officers working around the clock to search out the particular person or individuals accountable and I want to hear from anyone who might assist our investigation.
“I’m significantly eager to listen to from individuals who had been in Halliford Street or Ecclesbourne Street between 5.20pm and 5.25pm. Did you see Tony? Or did you witness an altercation, or see anybody working away?”
Tunstall additionally urged drivers with dashcams who might have been within the space on the time to examine their footage. “I want to hear from these inside the group who might have details about why this homicide has taken place,” she stated. “We’re taking a look at a number of potential motives and I’m holding an open thoughts as to the circumstances behind the assault.”
Many individuals residing close to Eastlake’s stall paid tribute to him on the Islington Neighborhood Group on Fb. Francis O’Brien stated: “Tony had a sort coronary heart, served our group for quite a lot of years, and at all times put a smile on the faces of individuals throughout Islington. He was not only a native businessman, however a buddy to many.”
Andres Paniagua Toro stated: “The group has misplaced an incredible human being who helped many individuals each day together with his lovely smile and willingness to take heed to their woes. Tony would at all times make me smile each morning on my method to work.”
A vigil has been deliberate near Eastlake’s Essex Street stall at 6pm this night by members of the group, whereas a GoFundMe web page has been set as much as assist pay for his funeral.
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