Dad stabbed to death ‘protecting son’ was ‘one of coolest down to earth guys’

Heartbroken friends have paid tribute to a single father who witnesses say was stabbed to death as he protected his young son following an argument.

Michael Olatunde (Tunde) Fadayomi, 40, was “one of the most coolest down to earth guys” and he served as a mentor to young people, said long-time friend Chris Doody.

Mr Fadayomi’s teenage son looked on in horror and tried to intervene as the dad was fatally stabbed on a busy high street in Willesden, north-west London, on Thursday afternoon.

His son was by his side when he died at the scene, MyLondon reports.

Graphic video posted on social media showed the father being repeatedly stabbed in the doorway of a chicken shop, and another clip recorded moments earlier showed two men arguing on the top deck of a bus.

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Michael Olatunde (Tunde) Fadayomi
Michael Olatunde (Tunde) Fadayomi, 40, was a single dad who worked for the Department for Work and Pensions

Following the incident, a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder at his home in Willesden.

The victim and suspect are not thought to have been known to each other, said police.

Mr Fadayomi worked for the Department of Work and Pensions and used to coach football at AFC Wembley.

His friend Mr Doody, who had known the victim for about 20 years, said: “I used to be such good pals with him in our late mid to early 20s, we actually spoke the other month talking about having a catch-up and a laugh soon and I can’t believe it will never happen.”

Forensic investigators on High Road in Willesden following the fatal stabbing of a 40-year-old man
Forensics officers investigate the fatal stabbing on High Road in Willesden, north-west London

He added: “There’s not one thing I can say bad about him, he’s just one of the most coolest down to earth guys who also helped me when I was young and going through a little bad stage.

“He always tried to advise people to work hard and he always had respect.

“His main priority was always looking out for his son and try the best for him and he actually died protecting his son.”

A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 5.11pm on Thursday, 29 April to a report of a man suffering from stab wounds on High Road, NW10. Officers attended.

“Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the victim, aged 40, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards. His next of kin are aware.

“A 42-year-old man was arrested following the incident at his home address in Willesden. He remains in custody. Police are not searching for anyone else in connection with this incident.

“While enquiries continue, the incident is being treated as isolated and is not thought to be gang-related. The victim and suspect are not thought to have been known to each other.

Specialist Crime DCI Claire Hine, who is leading the investigation, said: “At this early stage in our investigation we believe the incident started on a Route 260 bus. It continued out onto the High Road and into a fast food shop in front of a number of horrified onlookers in the street, and on the bus.”

DCI Hine urged social media users not to share distressing footage of the incident, and asked witnesses to contact detectives.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 5109/29Apr.

People can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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