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‘Much-loved’ teacher killed in Gants Hill Tube days before son’s first birthday

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 April 2016

Asif Ali, 33, a

Asif Ali, 33, a "much loved" business studies teacher died in Gants Hill Tube station on Thursday.

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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.

Tributes to Asif Ali at Gants Hill Tube station where he died.Tributes to Asif Ali at Gants Hill Tube station where he died.

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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