Family pay tribute to woman who died after Brixton concert crush | London | Daily News Byte

Family pay tribute to woman who died after Brixton concert crush |  London

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The family of Rebecca Ikumelo, who died following a crowd crush at a concert in Brixton at the O2 Academy Brixton, have paid tribute to the mother-of-two for her “care, kindness and love”.

In a statement released by the Metropolitan Police, her family said: “Rebecca was a nursing graduate. She was an adorable mother of two who loved working with children.

“She was respected in the family for her care, kindness and love. Her parents called her Tosin (short for Oluwatosin) which means ‘the Lord is worthy’.

Ikumelo, 33, from Newham, east London, was one of three people seriously injured after fans tried to gain entry without tickets to Nigerian artiste Asake’s show at the south London venue on Thursday.

Another family member, Tamiope Olodo, wrote on Twitter: “My dear niece, Rebecca Ikumelo, died today of her injuries. @asakemusik concert.

“This is a great loss for Olodo and the Ikumelo family. I cannot hold back my tears.”

Author Tony Tone also paid tribute to Ikumelo, saying: “She was a beautiful woman who radiated positive energy and was dedicated to her children becoming the best version of themselves. She also did a lot to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder.”

The Metropolitan Police released his picture on Saturday after he died at a hospital in Ikumelo.

A postmortem will be conducted on Sunday.

Two other women, aged 21 and 23, who were also at Thursday’s concert, are in critical condition.

Asake said he was “devastated” and “overwhelmed with grief” by her death. “My sincere condolences to his loved ones at this time. Please keep his family in our prayers. I have spoken to them and will continue to do so,” he said.

“My team and I are still awaiting a full debrief from venue management and the police to determine what caused all the disruption and ultimately Rebecca’s passing.

“If you have any relevant information relating to this, please contact the Metropolitan Police.”

Florence Eshalomi, Labor MP for Vauxhall, said: “I visited the site again this morning and have been dreading the news ever since it happened, hoping it never comes.

“This is such a tragic loss of a 33-year-old with so much life ahead of her, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rebecca Ikumelo.

“There are clearly many questions about how this was allowed to happen and it is important that this is thoroughly investigated by the authorities. I am in regular contact with the police and Lambeth Council as this situation arises.

On Friday, Lambeth and Southwark’s policing commander, CH Supt Colin Wingrove, said: “I would like to extend my sympathies to all those affected. Our thoughts are with them after seeing some really disturbing pictures on social media.

“An urgent investigation is currently underway, led by detectives from our specialist Crime Command, and a cordon remains in place as officers continue to work at the scene.

“This is still a rapidly moving and evolving picture and we are working to establish the events that led to this incident.

“We are also aware of the large amount of footage on social media and will of course be examined alongside officers’ body-worn video camera footage as part of this investigation.”

He said police have created an online page to submit photos and videos and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Asak gig in Brixton abandoned after suspected crush crowd – video report

The O2 Academy Brixton said in a statement on Twitter: “All at O2 Academy Brixton and Academy Music Group are deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of Rebecca Ikumelo.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Rebecca’s family and friends, and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this devastating news at this extremely difficult time.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said on Saturday: “I am heartbroken by the tragic death of Rebecca Ikumelo, who has sadly passed away following the horrific events in Brixton on Thursday night.

“Rebecca had her whole life ahead of her and on behalf of all Londoners, I would like to extend my condolences to her family, friends and loved ones at this extremely difficult time.

“My thoughts are with everyone affected by this horrific incident. It is important that the investigation into what happened is completed as soon as possible. City Hall is liaising with venues and authorities across London to ensure nothing like this happens again.

The Met launched an investigation on Friday into what it said was an “extremely distressing” incident.

Police found a number of people with “what are believed to be crush injuries” after being called to the scene at around 9.35pm on Thursday.

Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, was recently nominated for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2023 awards for artists in the UK.

He posted on Twitter before the gig asking fans not to enter the venue unless they had a valid ticket.

The concert was the third of three sold-out dates at the 4,921-seat capacity venue and ended the run of UK dates.


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