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Young father killed in Gants Hill Tube station was a ‘much loved teacher’

PUBLISHED: 16:44 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 25 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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The man who died at Gants Hill Underground station on Thursday was a “respected” business studies teacher, who leaves behind a baby son and wife.

Asif Ali, 33, was struck by a train on the eastbound platform at 5.27pm and died at the scene.

Mr Ali, of Gants Hill, was a business studies teacher at Leyton Sixth Form College.

Principal Kevin Watson said: “Staff and students at Leyton Sixth Form College are united in their grief following the sudden death of Asif Ali.

“Since joining the business department of the college in August 2011, Asif established himself as a respected and much-loved teacher and colleague.

“He will be remembered with enormous affection by everyone who knew him and our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, baby son and all other members of his family.”

The college’s Islamic Society have started a Just Giving page to fundraise for Mr Ali’s wife and young son.

They have already raised more than £1,500, much more than their target of £1,000.

Shehzad Hussain , 17, was taught by Mr Ali at Leyton Sixth Form.

He told the Recorder: “Asif motivated me in many ways, he was a great teacher and an even better friend.

“He was always there to help no matter what, he encouraged me and made me get my grades up.”

Shehzad said he was helping raise money for Mr Ali’s family “after what he has done for me”.

He continued: “When I started business, Asif was the one who introduced me to everyone in the class.

“I found it hard and boring at first, but once I got to know Asif a bit better, I started to like it more and he motivated to work for that A.

“Even though I wasn’t getting those high grades in business he kept telling me I wasn’t going to fail and said that I’d do very well.”

Shezad explained Mr Ali had promised to give him one-to-one classes the same week he had died.

British Transport Police confirmed his death was “non-suspicious”.

Did you know Mr Ali? Would you like to leave a tribute?

Email ralph.blackburn@archant.co.uk or call our news desk on 0208 477 3821.

To donate visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/asifali.


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