THE grandchild of a tragic mobility scooter rider stabbed to death has paid tribute to the “محبوب” busker.
Thomas O’Halloran, 87, was attacked in a “عمل مروع” من “عنف غير مبرر” في جرينفورد, West London on Tuesday.
Speaking from her home in Westgate on Sea, near Margate, Cindy O’Neill, 37, one his grandchildren, paid a heart-breaking tribute.
She told The Telegraph: “He was a lovely person. We are in a state of shock.
“إنه فظيع. I can’t think straight.”
Linda O’Halloran, one of his nieces in Ennystimon, Co Clare, أيرلندا, said the family was finding it “very hard” to process.
قالت: “We’re the most open-hearted, but this is very hard for my parents.
“It’s very raw. They’re trying to come to terms with it.”
Ms O’Halloran, 53, said the family came from a musical background noting how like tragic Thomas, they all play accordion and tin whistle.
She described her uncle as “a fixer and a genius”, مضيفا: “He was an entire genius – he used to fix bicycles, radios, televisions, a bit of everything.”
Armed police swooped on a murder suspect’s home after the pensioner was stabbed to death while out on his mobility scooter.
الأكثر قراءة في الشمس
Cops swarmed an address in nearby Southall at around 1.30am on Thursday.
But it took officers half an hour to pin down the suspect, who claimed he was scared of the police dogs.
Neighbours were woken by shouting outside as half a dozen cops yelled for the man to come out.
He finally came down to the door where he was laid down, handcuffed and taken away by police shortly after 2am.
The Met confirmed a 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday.
A neighbour across the street said: “I was asleep when I was woken by a lot of loud noise.
“I looked through the curtain and there was about six police outside the house, all armed.
“Two of them were pointing lasers at the house windows. I didn’t want to put my head through the curtain in case they pointed the lasers at me.”
The neighbour said the officers were shouting at the man to come out, but he was “effing and blinding” for more than 30 minutes before he emerged.
Another local added that the man kept refusing to come out as “there was a dog”.
Tuesday’s horror attack saw Mr O’Halloran surrounded by a mob in Western Avenue before being knifed, إنه مفهوم.
He managed to travel 75 yards to Runnymede on his scooter before flagging down a member of the public for help.
Hero neighbours rushed to try and save his life before paramedics arrived, لكن, despite their best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cops have released CCTV footage of a man seen running from the scene with a knife in his hand.
وحثوا أي شخص يتعرف عليه على الاتصال به على الفور.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, who is leading the investigation, قالت: “أود أن أشكر الجمهور على دعمهم الساحق بعد هذه الحادثة المروعة.
“نتيجة الافراج عن صورة CCTV أمس, تم إلقاء القبض ، وهذا التحقيق يسير بخطى سريعة.
“تم تحديث عائلة السيد O’Halloran بهذا التطور ولا يزال يتم دعمها من قبل ضباط مدربين تدريباً خاصاً.
“أود أن أكرر طلبهم السابق بأن يحترم الجميع خصوصيتهم بينما يستمرون في التعامل مع خسارتهم المأساوية.”
Mr O’Halloran was well-known in the area and often busked with his accordion outside a nearby Tesco and the train station.
He had lived in Greenford since the ’70s, and locals said he played to raise money for Ukrainian refugees.
Touching footage shows him beaming outside a supermarket while fundraising.
وقد أطلق عليه بعض سكان المنطقة اللقب “السيد بوند”, بينما يعرفه الآخرون بمودة “العم توم”.
الجار أنوشكا بورنيت, 37, described him as “absolutely lovely” و “one of the best neighbours.”
“إنه متعاون للغاية,” Anushka said. “إذا كنت بالخارج أحاول التنظيف أو شيء من هذا القبيل أو إذا كنت بحاجة إلى أي شيء, أدوات, سوف يفرقعهم.
“He’s so lovely, دائما محادثات مع الجميع. حالما يراك خارجا, تجاوز, وسيبدأ الحديث معك.
“في سنه ، كان يرغب دائمًا في المزاح أيضًا, always laughing.”
Mr O’Halloran is believed to have been heading to the pub when the attack happened, قال أحد الأصدقاء.
His daughter told The Sun she was too distraught to talk.