Football coach, 40, stabbed to death ‘for his teenage son’

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A 40-year-old football coach stabbed to death on a busy London street has been hailed as a ‘pillar of the community’.

Michael Olatunde Fadayomi – known as Tunde – was stabbed with a knife on Thursday after a fight started on the top floor of a busy bus in North West London.

Witnesses said Mr. Fadayomi’s teenage son – who was reportedly on his way to soccer practice – was “having trouble with someone on the bus.”

When his father intervened, the confrontation escalated and ended up on the sidewalk.

The son – unnamed – tried desperately to intervene because his father was repeatedly stabbed before an ambulance arrived.

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 5pm, but despite the best efforts of paramedics – and a young doctor who stepped in to help – Mr. Fadayomi died.

Michael Olatunde Fadayomi (pictured) – known as Tunde – was stabbed after a fight started on the top floor of a busy bus in North West London on Thursday.

Michael Olatunde Fadayomi - known as Tunde - was stabbed with a knife on Thursday after a fight started on the top floor of a busy bus in North West London.  Pictured: Police collect evidence on the spot on Thursday

Michael Olatunde Fadayomi – known as Tunde – was stabbed with a knife on Thursday after a fight started on the top floor of a busy bus in North West London. Pictured: Police collect evidence on the spot on Thursday

Witnesses said Mr. Fadayomi's teenage son - who was reportedly on his way to soccer practice - was

Witnesses said Mr. Fadayomi’s teenage son – who was reportedly on his way to soccer practice – was “having trouble with someone on the bus.” Pictured: Police collect evidence on the spot on Thursday

Police have arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

The victim is hailed as a “pillar of community” who “was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Vancessa, a neighbor, told me MyLondon: ‘I’m still in shock. A bad word would never come out of his mouth

“He was always with that little boy — his son — since he was born.

He died while saving his child. He is a soccer coach. He was a mainstay of the community. It really breaks my heart. ‘

A witness who, after the incident, tried to comfort Mr. Fadayomi’s son – who wished to remain anonymous – added: “I came from across the street. I saw him on the ground in a lot of blood.

The son - unnamed - tried desperately to intervene because his father was repeatedly stabbed before an ambulance arrived.  Pictured: Police officers at Thursday's scene

The son – unnamed – tried desperately to intervene because his father was repeatedly stabbed before an ambulance arrived. Pictured: Police officers at Thursday’s scene

‘It’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this.

They tried to save him. There were four or five people trying to save him. ‘

They continued: ‘It’s sad, it’s really sad. I saw him and he said “he was my dad” and I gave him a hug. It was horrible.

He was on his scooter. He just ran around, he just didn’t know what to do.

“I asked him and he said it was his father.”

Dental nurse Tracey Dolling, 43, who crossed the street to help the victim, told me The sun: ‘I did CPR. It’s very, very sad, awful, absolutely devastating.

‘The boy had some trouble with someone on the bus, he called his dad, his dad came down and that’s what happened. Murdered. ‘

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. (pictured), but despite the best efforts of paramedics - and a young doctor who stepped in to help - Mr. Fadayomi died.

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. (pictured), but despite the best efforts of paramedics – and a young doctor who stepped in to help – Mr. Fadayomi died.

Video footage of the incident – shared widely on social media and seen by My London, shows an argument between two men on the top floor of the bus before it took to the street.

The police are calling on people not to share the images.

Investigators from Specialist Crime are leading the investigation, led by DCI Claire Hine.

Police (in the photo on the spot) have arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of murder

The victim is hailed as a

The victim is hailed as a “pillar of community” who “was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Pictured: Police on site on Thursday

She said: ‘The most important on our minds are the victim and his family, who come to terms with his very sudden and violent loss. My specialized officers support them in this very sad time.

At this early stage in our investigation, we believe the incident started with a Route 260 bus.

He continued down the High Road and into a fast food shop in front of some shocked onlookers on the street and on the bus.

“I know there are videos circulating on social media with some incredibly disturbing images and I ask people not to share them to avoid causing further trauma to the victim’s family.

‘We have spoken to a number of people who have told us what they saw, but there are others who are not yet in touch. I would ask those witnesses to call us so that we can fully ascertain the chain of events that led to a man’s loss of his life in such a horrific way.

I would also like to acknowledge that this incident would undoubtedly have caused incredible panic and alarm among the people who saw it.

There are resources available through Victim Support that can help you if you need to talk to someone. ‘

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