‘Well-spoken’ carpenter stabbed to death near Prince George ’s future school
Malachi Brooks, 22, suffered a fatal knife wound to his heart near the private Thomas's School, where Prince George is due to attend in Battersea, south London, from September.
Devastated friends and family paid tribute to Mr Brooks who was pronounced dead at the scene in the early hours of Tuesday.
His girlfriend Rebecca Nowland, 24, said she is "devastated" and "broken".
Brooks's Rebecca Nowland, 24, said she is "devastated" and "broken"
He wasn't just my boyfriend, he was my best friend, my rock
She said: "He wasn't just my boyfriend, he was my best friend, my rock.
"Words can't describe how much I miss him already.
"You didn't deserve this, the most decent person I ever came across. I'll never forget you and all the good times we shared together,"
Rebecca's brother, Ben Nowland, 18, said: "There's not one bad word I can say about him.
Floral tributes line the street after Malachi Brooks, named locally, was allegedly stabbed to death
"Malachi was the coolest, funniest, most loving and outgoing person you could ever meet who always had time for others.
"It's such a shame bad things happen to the kindest people. He was the brother I never had."
A woman visiting the scene, who didn't want to be named, said: "He was a really lovely guy.
"He was really outgoing and liked by a lot of people.
"It's a very sad loss."
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Police were called to Surrey Lane, Battersea, just 250 yards from Thomas's School, at around 1.10am on Tuesday following reports of a man being stabbed.
Paramedics battled to save Mr Brooks, but he was was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.55am.
A post mortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.
Detective Inspector Tony Lynes, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a brutal attack on a young man.
"We are still trying to establish the circumstances behind this incident, and we are appealing to anybody who was in the area at around the time of the attack – from 12.45am onwards – or who lives nearby and may have seen or heard something to come forward and speak to officers as soon as possible."
He added: "There have been no arrests and inquiries continue."