Thousands raised at Romford club night in memory of Chadwell Heath stab victim
PUBLISHED: 15:35 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:35 19 September 2016
Grieving friends and colleagues have raised £7,500 in memory of a doorman who was stabbed to death outside his home.
Ricky Hayden, 27, died on Tuesday night after he was knifed alongside his dad, Paul, 46, in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath.
Still bearing the wounds from Tuesday morning’s attack, a wheelchair-bound Paul joined well-wishers at Kosho Club in South Street, Romford, last night.
Manager Jose Martins said the venue wouldn’t be the same without Ricky’s sense of humour.
“Ricky was such a great guy – he was the nicest guy you could meet,” the 51-year-old said. “He was always joking around and used to bring a new joke to work every day.”
More than 600 people attended the event, including 40 security staff from East London and Essex who lined the street with balloons spelling out Ricky’s name.
Jose said staff at the club will always remember Ricky, adding he plans to place a picture of the doorman in one of his favourite spots next to the club’s DJ booth.
“Our staff are still in shock,” he added. “But we wanted to do something that brought everyone who worked with Ricky together.”
There was free entry to last night’s event but people were encouraged to give donations which will be handed over to Ricky’s family.
A 19-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed to return later this month.
Anyone with any information should call the police investigation team on 020 3276 1054 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.