Pictured: Gabriel Petrov Stoyanov, 21, stabbed repeatedly by three thugs in south-east London

Gabriel Petrov Stoyanov 21, was rushed to hospital after the ‘senseless’ knife attack  (Met police)
Gabriel Petrov Stoyanov 21, was rushed to hospital after the ‘senseless’ knife attack (Met police)

Tributes have been paid to “a true gentleman with a heart of gold” who was stabbed to death by up to three thugs in a south London high street.

Gabriel Petrov Stoyanov, 21, was rushed to hospital after the “senseless” knife attack in Bromley Road, Downham at 11.50pm on Friday.

Police believe he was knifed repeatedly by three men who fled the scene on foot.

He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition before dying from his injuries on Saturday afternoon.

No one has been arrested yet.

One friend wrote on Facebook: “Left the party too soon my friend. I hope you are in a better place…. Words are not enough, but we will always carry you in our hearts.

“We'll see each other again I'm sure I'm asking anyone willing to help his family through this ordeal. We love you, Gabriel!”

Another said: “This was a good man that lost his life over nothing.”

The victim’s close friend Elliot Jones has raised more than £3,000 to help his pal’s family.

Elliot wrote: “You were a true gentleman and had a heart of gold with your whole life ahead of you. You were well loved by everyone and will be missed.”

DCI Kelly Allen, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “We know there were several people in the Bromley Road area who either witnessed this incident or the events leading up to and after this incident.

“I would urge them, along with any road users in the area who may have captured events on dashcam to come forward and speak to police.

“At this early stage we believe the victim was attacked by up to three men, who then fled the scene on foot.

“A young man’s family is grieving following another senseless loss of life to knife violence; please help them get justice and speak to police if you know anything that could help us.”

To donate to Gabriel’s GoFundMe click here.

Anyone with information or any witnesses who are yet to speak with police are asked to call 101, ref 8645/4Nov. To remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.