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Mohamed Aadam, 20, was killed after being attacked by a knife wielding assailant in Granby Terrace on Monday. He died at the scene in Hampstead Road despite paramedics’ attempts to save him.
Today his mother Fowsiya Abdi told how her son was 16 when his cousin Mohamed Abdullahi was fatally stabbed in the heart in a case of mistaken identity in 2013.
In that incident the 20-year-old was knifed outside a takeaway in York Way just a mile from where Mr Aadam was killed.
Mrs Abdi said her son had moved in with his six female cousins, aunt and uncle so he could help ease their grief.
She told the Standard: “Mohamed moved in as he was the only boy so his cousins could feel they still had a brother. He just wanted to look out for them.
“That was the kind of boy he was — so compassionate and kind. He was a very great son.
“I have just been to identify his body it was the worst thing. I still can’t believe it.”
Mr Aadam’s uncle Aydarus Ahmed campaigned to try and end youth violence after the death of his own son. He said: “We are all in shock. We never thought it would happen again and now after four years we are here again.”
Floral tributes and candles have been left at the scene, with a sign that reads “rest in perfect peace Moe aka Mitch.”
Mr Aadam was a former pupil of Haverstock School, whose alumni include politicians Ed and David Miliband and Oona King, author Zoë Heller and footballers John Barnes and Joe Cole.
A former classmate said: “Moe was such a loving, kind person. He was always so positive and he had a real ambition for life. He was always so supportive of his friends and those around him. He always had a smile on his face and that’s how he will be remembered.”
Another added: “All I can deeply from my heart say, he was a very friendly person to be around. He was from a popular crowd and he used to always my year group laughing.”
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with Mr Aadam’s murder and was remanded into custody ahead of an Old Bailey hearing today.
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