The family of Rebecca Ikumelo, who died after a crowd at a concert in Brixton at the O2 Academy Brixton, have paid tribute to the mother-of-two for her “caring, kindness and love”.
In a statement released through the Metropolitan Police, her family said: “Rebecca was a trained nurse. She was a sweet mother of two who loved working with children.
“She was well respected in the family for her care, kindness and love. Her parents call her Tosin (short for Oluwatosin) which means ‘lord is worthy’.”
Ikumelo, 33, from Newham, east London, was one of three people critically injured after fans tried to get in without tickets to a show by Nigerian artiste Asake at the south London venue on Thursday.
Another family member, Temiope Olodo, wrote on Twitter: “My favorite niece Rebecca Ikumelo passed away today as a result of injuries sustained from @asakemusikk Concert.
“This is a great loss for the Olodo and Ikumelo family. I can’t hold back the tears.”
Author Toni Tone also paid tribute to Ikumelo, saying: “She was a beautiful woman who radiated positive energy and was dedicated to being the best version of herself for her children. She also did so much to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders.”
The Metropolitan Police released a photo of Ikumelo on Saturday after her death in hospital.
An autopsy will be held on Sunday.
Two other women aged 21 and 23 who were also at the concert on Thursday are still in a critical condition.
Asake said he was “devastated” and “overwhelmed with grief” over her death. “My sincere condolences to her loved ones at this time. Please keep her family in our prayers. I have spoken to them and will continue to do so, he said.
“My team and I are still awaiting the full debrief from venue management and the police to determine exactly what led to all the disruption caused and ultimately to Rebecca’s passing.
“If you have any relevant information relating to this, please contact the Metropolitan Police.”
Florence Eshalomi, Labor MP for Vauxhall, said: “I visited the website again this morning and I have been dreading this news ever since the incident, hoping it would never come.
“This is such a tragic loss of a young 33-year-old with so much life ahead of him, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Rebecca Ikumelo’s family and friends.
– There are clearly many questions about how this was allowed to happen, and it is important that these are thoroughly investigated by the authorities. I am in regular contact with the police and Lambeth Council as this situation unfolds.”
On Friday, Ch Supt Colin Wingrove, the chief constable for Lambeth and Southwark, said: “I would like to express my sympathy to all those who have been affected. After seeing some of the truly outrageous photos on social media, our thoughts are with them.
“An urgent investigation is currently underway, led by detectives from our specialist crime command, and cordons remain in place while officers continue to work at the scene.
“This is still a fast moving and developing picture and we are working to establish the events leading up to the incident.
“We are also aware of a huge amount of footage on social media and this will of course be examined as part of the investigation along with footage from officers’ body-worn video cameras.”
He said police had set up a website for submitting photos and videos, and urged anyone with information to come forward.
O2 Academy Brixton said in a statement on Twitter: “Everyone at O2 Academy Brixton and Academy Music Group is deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of Rebecca Ikumelo.
“We send our deepest condolences to Rebecca’s family and friends, and our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this devastating news at this extremely difficult time.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said on Saturday: “I am devastated by the tragic death of Rebecca Ikumelo, who has very sadly passed away following the horrific events of Thursday night in Brixton.
“Rebecca had her whole life ahead of her and on behalf of all Londoners I would like to express my condolences to her family, friends and loved ones at this extremely difficult time.
“My thoughts remain with everyone affected by this terrible incident. It is important that the investigation into what happened is concluded as soon as possible. The City Hall is liaising with venues and authorities across London to ensure nothing like this happens again.”
The Met on Friday launched an investigation into what it said was an “extremely distressing” incident.
Police found a number of people with “injuries believed to be caused by crushing” after being called to the scene at around 9.35pm on Thursday.
Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, was recently nominated for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2023 award, for UK breakthrough artists.
He had posted on Twitter before the concert asking fans not to come to the venue unless they had a valid ticket.
The concert was the third of three sold-out dates at the 4,921 capacity venue and ended a string of UK dates.