The tenth person to be murdered in London in just 12 days is the son of a Nigerian politician who was given an award for saving a woman from a sex attack.
Abraham Badru, 26, was shot dead near his family’s home in Hackney on Sunday night at around 11pm.
Paying tribute to his son, father Dolapo Badru, 62, a member of the Nigerian Assembly, described him as ‘quiet and hard-working’.
He told the Evening Standard: ‘A few years ago a girl was raped on the estate and Abraham fought them off. He went to court to testify against them and the police gave him an award.’
Mr Badru died with his mother at his side, with witnesses saying she ‘collapsed in tears’ on the pavement.
The 26-year-old had a Masters degree in sports coaching from the University of Gloucestershire and had previously worked as a sport development officer at Bristol City Council, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Friends described him as ‘gentle, bubbly and outgoing’ and ‘the nicest’ man who was ‘making a life for himself’ and regularly attended church with his family.