Man stabbed to death in Ilford was ‘gentle and caring’, says sister

A 29-year-old who was stabbed to death on Saturday has been described by his sister as a gentle and caring man.

Thomas Cudjoe died of multiple stab wounds to his chest and legs after being attacked near the Shell petrol station, Ley Street, Ilford at 3.15am.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Thomas’ sister Winifred said: “He was very gentle and was always looking after people.

“When I was little he would read to me and bring my packed lunch to school when I had forgotten it, no matter where he was.”

He attended Loxford School of Science and Technology, Loxford Lane, Ilford, and later the University of East London, where he studied IT.

Winifred added: “He was always concerned about others. When he came to my graduation, he was so proud.”

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Thomas, of Richmond Road, Ilford, died near the petrol station forecourt, and shops remained cordoned off on Sunday while the crime scene was searched for clues.

“We never imagined a life without Thomas and this has come as a great shock,” said Winifred.

“We had read about knife crime but thought it happened to other people. I hope that these knives will be taken off the streets.”

Thomas was freed from prison five months ago. Winifred said: “He had hoped to get on with his life, after being the victim in a case of mistaken identity, and we are all heartbroken that the person that brought happiness to our home was taken away in such a brutal, senseless manner.”

A 22 and 24-year-old were arrested on Monday.

Any witnesses should call police on 020 8345 3865 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.