Family pay tribute to ‘selfless’ security guard who died after Brixton concert crush | London

The family of a security guard who died after the crowd crush at O2 Academy Brixton has paid tribute to their “selfless” relative.

Gaby Hutchinson, 23, was on duty during a show by the Afrobeats artist Asake when ticketless fans tried to force entry to the south London venue last Thursday.

The 23-year-old, from Gravesend in Kent, died in hospital on Monday from injuries sustained in the accident.

In a tribute reported by BBC Newsbeat, family members said Hutchinson “protected those they loved fiercely and it was the same with Gaby’s job”.

“When Gaby loved you, it was with their whole heart,” relatives said. “Gaby has brought so much love, laughter and inappropriate jokes into our lives and will forever be our baby, our daughter, our sister, our man and our joy.

“Getting 23 years of Gaby’s life has been a blessing and one we will never forget. Gaby will forever live on in our hearts.

“No one should go to work and not come home. But Gaby protected those they loved fiercely and it was the same with Gaby’s job.

Ch Supt Colin Wingrove, from the Metropolitan police, said: “It is devastating news that a second person has lost their lives following the events on Thursday. I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to Gaby’s family at this unimaginably difficult time.”

The Met said the three people critically injured in the crush were all in the foyer of the building.

The venue said its “heartfelt condolences” were with Hutchinson’s family and friends. “We continue to be devastated by this tragic situation and are fully supportive of the ongoing investigation.”

Hutchinson was one of three people badly injured in the crush and the second person to die. Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, from Newham, east London, died in hospital on Saturday and a 21-year-old woman remains seriously ill in hospital.

Ikumelo’s family paid tribute to the “adorable mother-of-two” who was a nursing graduate.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) under standard practice after incidents in which police had been in attendance and members of the public had been seriously injured.

Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, was recently nominated for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2023 award, for artists breaking through in the UK. Before the gig, he urged fans not to go to the venue without a valid ticket.

The concert was the third of three sold-out dates at the 4,921-standing capacity venue and concluded a run of UK dates.

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