‘Much-loved’ teacher killed in Gants Hill Tube days before son’s first birthday
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 April 2016
Friends and students have paid tribute to a “much-loved” teacher, who died at Gants Hill Tube station days before his son’s first birthday.
Asif Ali, 33, was struck by a train on the eastbound platform at 5.27pm on Thursday and died at the scene.
British Transport Police said his death was “non-suspicious”.
The funeral for Mr Ali, of Gants Hill, was on Friday – three days before his son Zac’s first birthday.
Friend Saba Patel, 32, said Mr Ali was a devoted dad.
“He was so excited, he just couldn’t stop talking about Zac,” she said.
Ash Sharma, 33, grew up with Mr Ali in West Bromwich.
He said: “He was my best friend, my brother, he was always smiling, always laughing.”
Kimberly Tang, 18, one of Mr Ali’s pupils at Leyton Sixth Form College added: “Business won’t be the same without him and, at the end of the year, I hope that we can truly make him proud.”
For a full tribute to Mr Ali see today’s Recorder.
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