Family and friends hold candlelight vigil for Romford doorman who was killed outside his home

PUBLISHED: 09:39 15 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:17 15 September 2016

Candle lights were arranged in the name of Ricky outside his home in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath. Photo: Charlotte Jones.

Candle lights were arranged in the name of Ricky outside his home in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath. Photo: Charlotte Jones.


Hundreds of family and friends gathered for a candlelit vigil to remember doorman Ricky Hayden who died in a double stabbing outside his home.

Ricky's friend Charlotte Jones with her tribute. Ricky's friend Charlotte Jones with her tribute.

The 27-year-old was attacked alongside his dad Paul Hayden, 46, in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath at about 1.25am on Tuesday.

Ricky had been rushed to hospital with “life-changing” injuries but was sadly pronounced dead later that night.

Mountains of cards and flowers were left by his home last night with the name Ricky spelt out with tealights.

Charlotte Jones was one the hundreds of people in attendance at the vigil.

Ricky Hayden (Picture: Kosho Bar) Ricky Hayden (Picture: Kosho Bar)

She has been friends with the Romford doorman for more than a decade and says family and friends are “heartbroken” about his death.

“I have lots of amazing memories growing up with him, we all do,” she said.

“He honestly touched so many hearts and it showed last night with the amount of people who came to light a candle for him.

“So many people loved him, which is why it broke our hearts to lay flowers when he didn’t deserve this.”

Dozens of red lanterns were also let off to cheers from the crowd as they celebrated the 27-year-old’s life.

Charlotte said: “We all cried a lot, but giggled at the good times we had with him.

“Rick would have been laughing at us trying to light those lanterns last night, we’re going to miss him a lot.

“His cheeky smile and fluorescent dress sense will never be forgotten.”

Ricky’s father Paul who has worked for ITV’s security team remains in hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A JustGiving page set up by a friend to raise money for Ricky’s funeral has now raised £5,000.

If you wish to donate to the Just Giving page then please visit

This morning Metropolitan Police confirmed 19-year-old and 16-year-old men remained in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

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