Model Harry Uzoka killed in latest London stabbing

Jamie Grierson
Harry Uzoka at a magazine launch in 2015. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty Images for Delfina Delettr

A young model stabbed to death in west London has been described as a “special soul” as tributes were paid to the latest victim of knife crime in the capital.

Scotland Yard said the 25-year-old man was fatally stabbed on Thursday in Shepherd’s Bush. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police have not formally identified the victim, but he has been named on social media and in reports as Harry Uzoka, who was signed to Premier Model Management, which helped launch the careers of models such as Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer.

Uzoka, who had promoted well-known brands including Zara and Mercedes, was described by the model Jourdan Dunn on Twitter as a “young king”.

The singer MNEK tweeted: “SHOCKED. i met him various times and thought he was always so cool. my heart goes out to his family. RIP.”

The online clothing retailer Everlane described Uzoka as “a wonderful model but even more so a good person and a pleasure to work with.”

And the London fashion brand Yemzi described him as a “special soul”.