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RIP Dotz: Tributes paid to stabbed teenager Lewis Blackman

'There's no Camden without Dotz'

19 February, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Lewis Blackman

FLOWERS continued to be laid at the Peckwater estate today (Monday) as young men and women paid tribute to Lewis Blackman, the 19-year-old killed in a stabbing yesterday.

The New Journal reported yesterday how friends gathered in the courtyard of the estate in Islip Street to light candles for Mr Blackman, who was known as ‘Dotz’.

He was pronounced dead in Kensington after sustaining a knife wound. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Flowers at the shrine for Lewis on Monday

One online tribute said: “There’s no Camden without Dotz. I’d always see this guy posted somewhere in the ends on his bike. It’s not going to be the same.”

Police held a 19 year-old man near and he was today (Monday) facing further questions from detectives.  The death followed a party in the Kensington area, which police officers on patrol had already been sent to investigate due to a large number of vehicles outside.

Detective chief inspector Mark Cranwell, who is leading the investigation, said: “While we are in the very early stages of our investigation, we know there was a party at an address on Earls Court Road around the time of this incident. We are still working to establish any link, but it does mean the area would have been busy with vehicles and pedestrians at the time.”

He added: “I want to hear from anyone who was in the area; did you witness an altercation? Every fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation and I would urge anyone who may know something to contact police immediately.”

In Kentish Town, a group of around 100 were lighting candles and laying flowers last night next to another shrine dedicated Nuno Cardoso, a law student who died after collapsing in a police van in December, the circumstances of which are being investigated by a police watchdog.

Photos, candles and tributes have been added to Nuno’s shrine

Louise Wilson, Mr Cardoso’s girlfriend, told the vigil: “Lewis was Nuno’s best friend and Nuno was like an older brother to him. He actually went up and lived with Nuno in Oxford, when he was there at university. All we know is that he was stabbed in the early hours of this morning. We are in shock because Lewis was not the confrontational type.”

She added: “He also had the biggest heart, he always asked if everyone was  good for money or if they had ate. His laugh was so infectious.”

“He had the  most banterish personality,” said Ms Wilson. “He’d always making jokes and always everyone would laugh. He would send friends voice notes of him rapping, to his friend’s songs and change the lyrics a bit.”

Friends recalled him as a “football fanatic” and he was a “massive Arsenal fan” who would often tell the same joke about how he would pretend on the phone he was in Barcelona signing a big money contract. An Arsenal scarf has been left at the vigil.

A scarf left at the shrine

One friend at the vigil described the victim as “kind”, adding: “He had so many friends, and and no one ever had a bad word to say about him.”

Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 0208 721 4054, or call police on 101/ tweet @MetCC quoting ref 1177/18 FEB.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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