An NHS worker staggered back home seconds after being stabbed and hammered on the front door shouting ‘mum, help me’ days after his father died of suspected coronavirus.
Hospital worker David Gomoh was fatally wounded in a knife attack on Sunday, seconds after leaving his home in Canning Town, east London.
The death of the 24-year-old, who worked at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and whose mother Marian is the labour ward matron at Newham University Hospital, comes days after the death of his father, Ken Gomoh, who is thought to have died of COVID-19.
The family were due to hold a funeral for Mr Gomoh’s father on Wednesday.
His devastated sister Lizzie today paid tribute to her brother saying: ‘He was a good person who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
David Gomoh, who was aged 24, and had earned a marketing degree from London Southbank University, was stabbed to death at around 10.25pm on Sunday, seconds after leaving his home. His death comes soon after the recent death of his father Ken Gomoh, who died of suspected coronavirus
A police statement added that the family were going through ‘unimaginable torment’.
Mr Gomoh had just left home on Sunday evening and was attacked by a masked gang barely 100 metres away at 10.25pm Sunday night.
He managed to return to his family’s terrace home shouting for help and neighbours, hearing the commotion, ran out and administered first aid.
Medics arrived a short time later and took over trying to revive him.
A friend, who lives nearby, told MailOnline: ‘I heard someone running past my house shouting.
‘I looked out and saw David was banging on the door of his family home. He was shouting ‘mum, help me. Help, help. A few seconds later he fell to the ground by the doorstep.
‘By now his family had come out and other neighbours had rushed of their homes to try and help.
‘The ambulance and police arrived. The medics were working on David initially in his front garden.
‘It’s terrible. David was so nice, he had such a kind heart. I don’t know if he was mistaken for someone else.
‘This isn’t the first stabbing to take place around here recently, there’s been so many.
‘And there’s no CCTV so we just don’t feel safe. I’ve been on edge ever since this happened.
A police car at the scene of the stabbing in Newham, London, on Sunday. Police have today named the victim as 24-year-old David Gomoh
Another neighbour told how he had battled to save David before paramedics arrived.
He said: ‘I was on the phone to the police and they were advising myself and a few others what to do.
‘We cut David’s top off and I could see that there was a stab wound just under his collar bone and a few more on his side.
‘He was unconscious by this point and we were just trying to keep him alive.’
David was on the phone to a female friend at when he was stabbed by the gang masked men in Freemasons Road, near its junction with Kerry Close in Canning Town, police said today.
His family were already reeling from tragedy, following the death of David’s father from suspected coronavirus.
David, like his mother who is a nurse, worked for the NHS after volunteering as a keyworker helping to keep NHS staff supplied with essential equipment.
The Metropolitan Police say nothing in David’s background gives any reason for why he was singled out and they believe he was ‘murdered in a totally unprovoked attack’.
Today, his sister Lizzie said her brother ‘was not into anything bad.’
Speaking at the family home, where relatives had gathered, she said: ‘He was a good person, not gang affiliated in anyway. He’d gone to university to study advertising and graduated with a 2:1.
‘The night he was attacked he was just minding his own business. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He did not deserve what happened to him.’
Officers say Mr Gomoh, a marketing graduate at London Southbank University, was not doing anything which gives any reason for why he was singled out.
They believe he was ‘murdered in a totally unprovoked attack’.
A spokesman for London South Bank University, where Mr Gomoh graduated in July 2017 said ‘A tragic incident, in which London South Bank University (LSBU) graduate, David Gomoh, was fatally injured, took place in Newham on Sunday 26 April.
‘The University would like to extend its sincere and heartfelt condolences, sympathy and support to David’s family and friends at this very sad time.’
Flowers left at the scene of the stabbing on Freemasons Road in Newham, East London.
Detective Inspector Tony Kirk of the Met Police Specialist Crime Command said: ‘David’s family are going through unimaginable torment.
‘Within days his mother has seen the death of her husband and son; his sister has lost her brother and father, both are now heartbroken.
‘David was a young man who had worked hard to put himself through university and, like his mother, worked hard for the community in the NHS.’
DI Kirk added: ‘At this time we believe the only thing David did to be murdered was walk down a street.
‘He was apparently approached by a group of men wearing masks and stabbed multiple times in a ferocious assault.’
Police are now appealing for information from the public.
They believe those involved left the scene in a stolen silver Dodge Caliber, stolen in Dagenham on April 16, that was found abandoned soon after in Lincoln Road, London.
Anyone with information is asked to call call detectives at the Met Police incident room on 0208 345 3985 or contact via 101 quoting CAD 8371/26APR.
The appeal comes as police in the Midlands named a father-of-one who died after he was stabbed in broad daylight outside a busy shopping centre.
Pictured below is Karl Gallagher, 31, who suffered a stab wound to his heart after an incident outside West Cross Shopping Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands.
He died following the incident, which took place 4.40pm on Sunday, April 26.
Eight people have been arrested after police launched a murder investigation.
Mr Gallagher’s death came as Britain endured a weekend of bloodshed that left two others dead and a 16-year-old boy fighting for his life in hospital.
Karl Gallagher (pictured left and right), 31, suffered a stab wound to his heart after an incident outside West Cross Shopping Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands. Police have arrested eight people after launching a murder investigation
Medical equipment shown marking the ground outside West Cross Shopping Centre, Smethwick, where a 31-year-old man died after being stabbed
Three people were killed and one was left fighting for his life over the weekend. The fatal attacks were in Newham and Smethwick. A man was due to appear in court yesterday charged with murder in Hackney.
Tributes have since been paid following the death of Mr Gallagher, who leaves behind a young daughter.
In a statement released through West Midlands Police, Mr Gallagher’s family said: ‘Karl was a very dearly loved son, brother, nephew, cousin and partner.
‘He was also a proud and loving father. His friends and family are devastated.’
Police say two men aged 19, as well as a 21-year-old and a 20-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Three others men, aged 20, 21 and 22, have been held on suspicion of assisting an offender.
A 24-year-old man has also been held on suspicion of obstructing police.
Officers say they raided six properties overnight, and continue to examine CCTV and mobile phone footage from the scene of the stabbing.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro said: ‘We’ve made significant progress over the past 24 hours and are building up a clearer picture of the events of Sunday afternoon.’
Mr Gallagher’s death came on a weekend where, in a separate incident, a man in his 20s was stabbed to death in Newham, east London, and in another incident, on Saturday, a man died following an incident in Hackney.
Also at the weekend, a 16-year-old boy was left in a critical condition after two separate knife attacks in the West Midlands.
Two teenagers were stabbed in broad daylight in Solihull at around 2.40pm yesterday
A 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were taken to hospital after the attack which police are treating as attempted murder
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder after two teenagers were stabbed in broad daylight in Solihull at around 2.40pm on Sunday.
Dramatic footage of the incident shows a group of youths fighting near Marston Green Park moments before the attack.
In the earlier West Midlands stabbing, near Marston Green Park, the 16-year-old boy was rushed to hospital and was previously said to be in a critical condition.
Another teenager, 19, was also taken to hospital but has been described as stable.
The 14-year-old suspect remained in custody as of last night as witnesses were urged to contact West Midlands Police with any information.
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder after an attack near Marston Green Park in the town (Pictured: police at the scene)
A man was found with serious injuries following an attack at the West Cross Shopping Centre in Smethwick (Pictured: police at the scene)
The victim had suffered knife injuries and the air ambulance was called − but unfortunately the man was pronounced dead before he could be taken on board
In another separate incident, a man was due to appear at Thames magistrates’ court on Monday charged with murder over the death of a man in Trinity Close, Hackney.
The incident was said to have taken place at 12.25pm on Saturday.
Romayne Husbands, 26, from east London, was arrested by homicide detectives, reports the Evening Standard.
Police were called to Lambert Road (pictured) at 10:26pm on Sunday after an incident