Tributes follow stab by North London flower seller | London
Tributes poured in for a florist who was stabbed to death near his stall in north London on Saturday afternoon.
Tony Eastlake, 55, died of a knife wound after being attacked in Islington just before 5:30 p.m., and despite the efforts of emergency services he was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses reported he was involved in “an altercation” with another man prior to the assault, Metropolitan Police said.
His family said he had been working at his flower stall since he was 14. They said in a statement: “Our hearts are forever broken by the loss of such a special man.
“A man who was loved by everyone in the community of Islington, remembered as kind and caring and always laughing, but most of all a father who leaves behind a devastated family, Lisa, Pauline, and her only daughter and best friend, Paige, whom he adored.
They continued, “Tony has worked at the flower stand on Essex Road since he was 14 and was there rain or shine, a smiley and friendly face to many of us. There have already been hundreds of messages of support for him from everyone who has known and loved him over the years.
Eastlake’s family have called anyone who may have information to speak to the police. An autopsy is due to take place in the next few days and so far no arrests have been made.
DCI Investigation Lead Vicky Tunstall said: “We have a dedicated team of officers working around the clock to find the responsible person (s) and I would love to hear from anyone who could help our investigation.
“I am particularly keen to hear from people who were in Halliford Road or Ecclesbourne Road between 5:20 pm and 5:25 pm. Have you seen Tony? Or did you witness an altercation, or did you see someone run away?
Tunstall also urged drivers with on-board cameras who may have been in the area at the time to check their footage. “I would like to hear from members of the community who might have information about the reasons for this murder,” she said. “We are looking at several possible motives and I am keeping an open mind as to the circumstances behind the attack.”
Many people living near the Eastlake booth paid tribute to him on the Islington Community Group on Facebook. Francis O’Brien said: “Tony had a good heart, served our community for a number of years and always put a smile on the faces of people across Islington. He was not only a local businessman, but a friend to many. “
Andres Paniagua Toro said: “The community has lost a great human being who helped many people every day with his beautiful smile and his willingness to listen to their misfortunes. Tony always made me smile every morning on the way to work.
A vigil was scheduled near Eastlake’s Essex Road stand at 6 p.m. this evening by members of the community, while a GoFundMe page was set up to help pay for his funeral.