Tragedy As 3 Young Men Are Arrested For The Murder of Michael Adegbite


Michael Adegbite -A male model and teaching assistant who campaigned against knife crime was stabbed to death after robbers used Gumtree to lure him into a trap to steal his laptop.

The dynamic young man who also worked as a fitness instructor and football coach, was attacked after he advertised his second-hand MacBook on the popular classifieds website for £200.

He and a friend went to meet someone they believed was a buyer in Enfield on Sunday evening — but were confronted by three youths. Detectives believe the men lured the 28-year-old to the rendezvous with the intention of mugging him for the laptop.

Mr Adegbite and his friend managed to snatch the laptop back and the suspects ran off.

Police say that a short time later, a second friend joined the victim and the three men set out to look for the group who had attempted to rob them. Minutes later there was a confrontation and a scuffle in the street and Mr Adegbite was stabbed once in the chest. He died at the roadside 30 minutes later despite frantic attempts by neighbours and paramedics to save his life.

Today his heartbroken family said they had been “destroyed” by his death. They said Mr Adegbite had been a role model to young people during his time as a coach of youth football team Eastside United FC in Hackney and as a teaching assistant at Heathcote School, Chingford.

His brother, speaking on behalf of his family, said: “He wanted to help young people from troubled backgrounds, show them the right path. He talked to them about the dangers of knife crime and in the end he was the victim of it. It’s just senseless. He was killed over a laptop. No life is worth that little.

Mr Adegbite worked at Leyton Leisure Centre and lived in Chingford with his mother, a nurse, his father and younger brother.

My heart just can’t stop breaking. Not just over the loss of a life cut short, of a brother, a fallen soldier, a young man who will never have all his dreams realised…

But also for this news: 3 young men have been arrested for robbery and murder of Michael Adegbite. All my brothers. All men who will enter the prison system way too young. Montel Ajayi, 18, Christopher Nzeh, 18, and Isacc Owen-Brady, 18.

How can we change this? How can we teach our sons and daughters to do better? To live better? To want more? To be more? That it’s possible to not ever see the insides of a jail cell? That THEIR life is worth more than the cost of  a laptop or “being dissed”?

Everything hurts.

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