Custom House stabbing victim named as NHS worker David Gomoh
- Credit: Met Police
A young NHS worker was stabbed to death in a seemingly unprovoked attack while talking on the phone to a friend, police have revealed.
David Gomoh was attacked in Freemasons Road, Custom House, at around 10.25pm on Sunday, April 26.
He had left his home just moments before and was not involved in any argument.
Officers investigating the 24-year-old’s death say his background gives no indication for why he was singled out and that, along with other evidence, suggests he was killed in an unprovoked attack. No arrests have yet been made.
Since graduating from Southbank University with a marketing degree, David had joined his mum, a nurse, in working for the NHS, with his role to keep staff supplied with essential equipment.
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His dad had recently passed away from a coronavirus-related illness.
Detective Inspector Tony Kirk said. “David’s family are going through unimaginable torment. Within days his mother has seen the death of her husband and son; his sister has lost her brother and father, both are now heartbroken.
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“David was a young man who had worked hard to put himself through university and, like his mother, worked hard for the community in the NHS.
“At this time we believe the only thing David did was walk down a street. He was apparently approached by a group of men wearing masks and stabbed multiple times in a ferocious assault.”
He added: “I have no doubt this was a planned attack that singled out David because he happened to be in that area.
“David and his mother, who have done so much to help the community, now need the public to come forward and tell us what they know.
“If you have any information, please think of this young man and the suffering of his family and call us. If you don’t want to give your name, call Crimestoppers, but do make that call. David’s family deserve both answers and justice.”
Police believe those involved left the scene in a stolen Silver Dodge Caliber that was abandoned at about 10.30pm in Lincoln Road, Plaistow, after driving through the no entry sign from Cumberland Road.
This car had been stolen in Dagenham on Thursday, April 16 and was on cloned plates when it was found.
Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area or anyone who remembers seeing this car, whether before or after the attack. In particular, they are looking for anyone who has dash cam footage, or CCTV of the area around where the car was dumped, to come forward.
Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz offered her condolences to David’s family, adding: “It is unimaginably sad and tragic that this young man, who was doing so much good for the community, has been ripped from his family in such a horrific manner.
“At a time like this, when so many families are grieving, I’m sure the story of this family will break your hearts, as it has mine. We owe it to them to do anything we can to help.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3985, quoting CAD 8371/26APR, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.