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Mother's anguish after son's stabbing death

PUBLISHED: 17:15 25 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:15 07 September 2010

Flowers laid in tribute to knife victim Elliot Guy

Flowers laid in tribute to knife victim Elliot Guy

A GRIEVING mother from Kentish Town has spoken of her anguish after her son was stabbed to death. Popular Elliot Guy, 27, was attacked in the early hours of Saturday during a party in a block of flats on Junction Road, Tufnell Park. Mr Guy, who had a thre

A GRIEVING mother from Kentish Town has spoken of her anguish after her son was stabbed to death.

Popular Elliot Guy, 27, was attacked in the early hours of Saturday during a party in a block of flats on Junction Road, Tufnell Park.

Mr Guy, who had a three-month-old daughter, was knifed in the neck just before 3am and died an hour later at the Whittington Hospital, becoming the 56th person to die from stab wounds in London this year.

On Monday night his distraught mother, Sally Brown, joined more than 100 mourners, including his long-term partner Amy Smith, at a vigil for her son.

"Elliot is going to leave a big void in my life. He will always be in my heart," said Ms Brown, of Mortimer Terrace. He made everybody happy and was much loved. Nobody could say anything bad about him. He never gave me any problems. He achieved so much for someone so young. He was a gentle giant," she said.

Mr Guy's father, Ellis, died when he was a schoolboy.

It is thought Mr Guy, who had trained as a carpenter, attended the party in the Fulbrook Mews estate for a short time. Witnesses said he was attacked after enjoying an innocent dance with a woman. He managed to stagger 100 yards to the Dome nightclub on Dartmouth Park Hill where bouncers tried to stem his bleeding with clothes.

A makeshift shrine, with dozens of bouquets and candles, has been set up outside Acland Burghley School, close to the spot where he was found.

Friends have also covered a wall with photos of Mr Guy, who was a pupil at nearby Holloway school, the secondary where teenager Ben Kinsella studied. He died after a stabbing incident on June 29, just a few hundred yards from where Mr Guy was attacked.

The shrine was surrounded on Monday as mourners, including Mr Guy's two brothers Lewis, 16, and Wayne, 34, and his sister Genevieve, 31, came together to pay their respects.

Ms Brown said: "He came to me on the night and asked me to watch the dog while he went out for a drink. The next thing I know the police called me up to get me to the hospital. He was born at the Whittington hospital and he died at the Whittington."

Mr Guy lived with his partner and their three-month-old daughter, Eleanor Louise, in Hanwell, West London. He had just completed a 12-month carpentry course in Devon and was looking forward to a bright future.

Close friends have paid tribute to the man who "always had a smile on his face''.

His best friend Patrick Koupland, 28, said: "I am devastated. This is a nightmare. All I know is that some low-life took Elliot's life for nothing.

"He was a funny, happy and laid back person who really enjoyed life and was never miserable. He never caused trouble or went looking for it. He was incredibly well mannered and well brought up.''

Police have made an appeal for witnesses to come forward. Two men, aged 41 and 30, and a woman aged 39 were arrested but have been released on bail until the end of the month.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020-8345 4142 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

ben.mcpartland@hamhigh.co.uk

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