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Two men have been charged with the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old fashion model on Old Oak Road on Thursday, 11 January.

Harry Uzoka died from a knife wound to to the chest shortly before 4pm near the border of Acton and Shepherd's Bush. Despite an air ambulance attending, he was pronounced dead at the scene about an hour later.

Harry Uzoka

He was signed to the Premier Model Management agency, which built the careers of many top super models. It has also been revealed that one of those charged with his murder, George Koh, was signed to the rival agency IMG Models.

Koh, 24, of York Way, Camden has been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Jonathan Okigbo, 23, of Trevithick House, Kentish Town has been charged with murder.

Koh was arrested on Sunday, 14 January and Okigbo was arrested on Monday, 15 January.

Both men appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court on the morning of Tuesday, 16 January.

A third man, aged 27 who was arrested on the day of the incident has been released under investigation.

A 28-year-old man - also arrested that day - has been released with no further action to be taken.

Shocked friends and colleagues have paid tribute to Harry on Twitter. Stylist Hayley Lai said @hayley_lai:" Still so devastated and heartbroken. @HarryUzoka you were a ray of sunshine. Thank you for all the positive energy and laughs we shared together. I will forever miss your kind beautiful soul.We will get the justice you so truly deserve. #rip #harryuzoka."

Fellow model Jourdan Dunn posted a picture of Harry along with an emoji or a crown
@missjourdandunn, saying simply: " Rest in Paradise Young King."

Uxbridge Road was closed following the incident. Picture: Sean O'Kane

Detective Inspector Beverley Kofi said, "This is another tragic murder with a young male victim who has met a violent death.

"We believe that the incident started Ollgar House, in Ollgar Close and the victim was assaulted and stabbed before staggering and collapsing in Old Oak Road. We believe there were a number of people involved, but we are still working to establish the circumstances and a possible motive.

" We need to public’s help to piece together what happened - who the victim was seen with, the incident itself and the immediate aftermath.

"If you were in the area at the time and saw anything that could be of significance to the investigation, we would urge you to get it touch right away."

If you have any information that could assist detectives, call the incident room on 0208 358 0100, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


January 16, 2018


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