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Calvin Bungisa stabbed to death in Gospel Oak

The 22 year old was a former pupil of Haverstock School

02 April, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Calvin Bungisa 

A 22-year old man stabbed to death last night (Monday) has been named as Calvin Bungisa.

The former Haverstock School pupil, from Kentish Town, died in Grafton Road shortly after 8.30pm.

His uncle Jean Bungisa, a bus driver, said he heard the news when he got home from work last night.

He told the New Journal that Mr Bungisa’s 51-year-old father had died a year ago and the family is now grieving again.

Mr Bungisa said of his nephew: “He was a very good boy.”

One witness said four men, wearing hoodies and masks, repeatedly stabbed Calvin.

They said: I could see there was a commotion going on up the road. I saw this guy lying on the floor and this geezer stabbing him repeatedly, over and over. [The attacker] was wearing a grey hoodie and this white mask. I was shaking.

“I just felt so helpless. there were a gang of geezers and they were stabbing him, I could see him lying there as they surrounded him. I just felt sick.

“They were kicking and punching him and he was on the floor and by then he wasn’t moving. I saw him begin stabbed repeatedly.”

Tom Looney, a football coach at Kentish Town FC, used to teach Calvin.

He said: “He always had the biggest smile on his face, it’s what he was known for.”

The scene in Gospel Oak this morning

A woman who was in the area shortly after the attack said the atmosphere was “panicky”. “We saw the blue lights and went to see if there was first aid needed. A friend had put him in the recovery position,” she said.

K, a childhood friend, told the New Journal he saw Calvin – known to friends as “C” – less than half an hour before the attack. 

He said: “We knew each other from really young, grew up together, chilled together. He was a joker always and had a mad smile on his face.

“He wasn’t an angel, but who is right? I saw him less than half an hour before it happened and all I’ve been able to think is what if I never left when I did. Maybe he’d still be alive.

“We kind of grew apart over the past couple of years because of growing up and all that, but we still spoke when we saw each other.”

Flowers left in Calvin’s memory

He added Calvin was close friends with Nuno Cardoso, known as “Neenz” and Lewis Blackman known as “Dotz”.

Mr Cardoso, a 25-year-old law student who grew up on the Peckwater estate in Kentish Town, died after falling ill in the back of a police fan in Oxford in 2017.

Mr Blackman, from Kentish Town died after being stabbed.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, who is leading the investigation into Calvin’s murder, said: “This fatal stabbing took place in a busy road at 8.30pm in the evening when lots of people would have been passing through the area on foot and on the road.

“At this early stage in the investigation, we believe several male suspects ran out of Vicar’s Road and chased the victim down Grafton Road before fatally attacking him. They have then run back into Vicar’s Road and got into a car, which drove off in the direction of Weedington Road.

“Were you there? Did you see anything suspicious? Did you record footage before or after the attack or have you vehicle’s dash cam on? We need to hear from you to help build a clearer picture of what unfolded.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant you think it is, can help us to bring this young man’s killers to justice.”

Murder squad police have opened an investigation and asked for anyone with information to come forward. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8721 4054 or police on 101 quoting CAD7273/1Apr or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you know Calvin Bungisa? Please send tributes to sbooth@camdennewjournal.co.uk

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