Economics graduate Abdul Samad managed to reach the front door of his parents’ block and buzzed for help after the attack
Two teenagers have been charged with murdering a charity worker who was stabbed for his iPhone and died after collapsing on his doorstep.
Nathan Gilmaney, 18, of Maida Vale, and an unnamed 17-year-old boy were charged on Friday of killing Abdul Samad.
The 28-year-old, who was described as a ‘role model for children’, was knifed in the chest by during a struggle as they attempted to snatch his iPhone 7 outside his home on Monday.
His family tragically told how they found the Westminster University economics graduate dying on their doorstep while frantically pressing the entry buzzer for help.
They rushed down the stairs of their black of flats in Little Venice to see their son covered in blood after he was stabbed ‘through the heart’.
Earlier this week, his devastated brother, Abdul Ahad, told how his mother rushed outside as he lay fatally injured outside their home in Little Venice, north west London.
His parents, who came to the UK from Bangladesh in the 1960s, were unable to stem the bleeding and Mr Samad died in hospital just an hour after the attack, which happened at 11.45pm on Monday.
His 37-year-old brother said: ‘He came to the door and buzzed and was covered in blood. The knife went through his heart. My mum and dad came down and he was lying on the floor.
‘My mum then called me and said ‘your brother is dying’. ‘It was over a phone. It’s just so senseless.’
Shocking pictures from the scene of the fatal attack show a police cordon and an ambulance which rushed Mr Samad to hospital
‘He dedicated his life to helping others’: Friends and family of Abdul’s described him as a kind-hearted person
‘Devastated’: Colleague Bradley Watson said Abdul was trying to change young people’s lives
Mr Samad, who had been due to marry his long-term girlfriend next year, was attacked on his way home from a friend’s house where he had been playing computer games that evening.
One friend said: ‘There were a couple of guys on mopeds who approached him, they’re always riding around here, and they tried to get his iPhone 7. We think he must have fought back.’
Mr Ahad said his brother had dedicated his life to helping local children. ‘This is a young life gone and such a lovely life,’ he told the Evening Standard. ‘He was born in St Mary’s Hospital and he’s died there.’
He worked for the community charity Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust helping young Londoners develop their computer skills and taking them on trips to the theatre and other activities.
Colleague Bradley Watson, 28, described Mr Samad as a man ‘dedicated to changing young people’s lives’.
He told MailOnline: ‘I am devastated to lose one of my colleagues to the same young people whose lives we are trying to change.’
Mr Watson said: ‘Abdul had so much enthusiasm and was very knowledgeable about the tech industry and was just a great person to be around.’
Police at the scene in Little Venice after Mr Samad was fatally stabbed by who his family claim were two moped-riding thugs
The pair had been working on a joint imitative in Islington. The Soap Box is a new recreational hub for 13-24 year olds to encourage getting people off the streets and becoming involved in the community instead.
Describing Mr Samad, he said: ‘He was just so down to earth, he was very caring and put himself first. He was a really approachable guy, there wasn’t anything you couldn’t discuss with him.
‘I found out through a phone call from another colleague and I was in disbelief and shock, I just felt numb immediately and just needed to be around my colleagues.’
Mr Watson said: ‘It just makes me think, is it really worth it? Young people are taking things too far now, it was just a phone and it should never be worth more than a life.
‘What these youngsters need is to be kept off the streets and that was exactly what Abdul was trying to achieve.
‘These people need to think about the choices they are making. Not only have they taken a life but they’ve lost their own too.’
The mother of a teenager who was helped by Abdul took to Facebook to pay respects to the 28-year-old.
Gilly Bean wrote: ‘When your son comes home so sad because his youth worker was tabbed and killed for his phone. There are no words. Rest in peace, Abdul Samad.’
Mr Samad was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where he was born, but died an hour later with his mother and father comforting him in his final moments
Officers speak with a local resident after a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were arrested in connection with the killing
A heavy police presence was still in place outside Fleming Court in Little Venice. The man who died was reportedly stabbed for his iPhone
Director Nicole Furre said he helped youngsters with their homework at an after-school club and they looked up to him. ‘Abdul was a big part of our team,’ she said. ‘It has been a terrible shock and it will have a knock-on effect on those he helped. He was a very good role model. We are going to think about how we break the news to these children.’
Mr Samad studied economics at the University of Westminster and was born in Britain after his parents arrived from Bangladesh in the 60s.
Nicole Furre, director of the Dragon Hall Trust, said: ‘We are just all devastated by the news.
‘We’re a very small team here and we’re all very shocked and were just trying to process the news.
‘He loved his job as a youth worker. He was fantastic with the young people who he was teaching.
‘He would do the coding lessons and make apps and he really made it come alive for them all.
‘All the children and young people who use the centre will be extremely sad and upset. It is all terribly sad, and such a waste.’
More police near to the scene where Mr Samad was killed. The victim was a dedicated charity worker who loved to work with young people in London, his family have said
The family said witnesses to the charity’s worker’s attack saw him being approached by youths riding a moped outside his flat in St Mary’s Terrace, Little Venice
Gilmaney and the 17-year-old were also charged with the attempted robbery of a man in Sutherland Avenue in West Lonson and the robberyof another man in St Mary’s Terrace near Hyde Park on the same day Mr Samad was killed..
Both will appear in custody later this morning at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
A post-mortem examination gave his cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.
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