Mother tells of her 'unimaginable' pain at losing her son and husband

EXCLUSIVE: Heartbroken mother whose NHS worker son, 24, was knifed to death in ‘unprovoked’ attack days after his father died from coronavirus reveals ‘unimaginable’ pain of losing ‘the two most important men in my life’

  • NHS worker David Gomoh, 24, was fatally wounded in east London on Sunday
  • He died just days after his father, Ken Gomoh, passed away from COVID-19
  • Marian Gomoh, 53, revealed her anguish over the deaths of her son and husband
  • She told MailOnline: ‘You cannot imagine how devastated the whole family is’
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

The heartbroken mother of an NHS worker stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack has revealed her anguish over the double tragedy of losing her son just days after the death of her husband from COVID-19.

Hospital worker David Gomoh, 24, was fatally wounded in a knife attack by masked thugs on Sunday, seconds after leaving his home in Canning Town, east London.

Three days later on Wednesday, the funeral of his father Ken Gomoh took place after he lost a two-week battle against the deadly virus. 

Marian Gomoh, 53, who is pictured for the first time, works as a labour ward matron at Newham University Hospital, east London.

Marian Gomoh, pictured, 53, has revealed her anguish over the double tragedy of losing her son just days after the death of her husband from COVID-19

She told MailOnline: ‘My son was not able to bury his father and we lost them both so close to each other. You cannot imagine how devastated the whole family is.

‘For any family one death is bad enough but to suffer two in short a short space of time is so painful that I cannot put it into words. I am devastated, we all are and it’s difficult to be strong at this time, but we are trying.’

Only ten mourners were present at Ken’s funeral, as per current coronavirus guidelines.

Ms Gomoh sobbed: ‘We were crying for Ken and David, who were the two most important men in my life. Not having all our friends and family there made things much worse.

‘David was a good son, he had a lot to look forward to but now we are preparing for his funeral. His life was cruelly taken away from him and we still don’t know who did it. All we want is justice.’

David had just left home on Sunday evening and was attacked by a masked gang barely 100 metres away at 10.25pm. 

He worked as a supply chain worker for the NHS at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, helping to keep frontline workers treating coronavirus patients supplied with essential equipment.

After being viciously stabbed, he managed to return to his family’s terrace home shouting for help and neighbours, hearing the commotion, ran out and administered first aid. 

Medics arrived a short time later and took over trying to save his life.

Dozens of bouquets of flowers have been placed at the spot right outside the family home where David died.   


Ken Gomoh, left, passed away from COVID-19 just days before his son David Gomoh, right, 24, was fatally wounded in an unprovoked attack in Canning Town, east London

Ms Gomoh sobbed: ‘It was right here, in front of our house. We open the curtains, and this is the first thing that we see. We have a big loving family and a lot of friends who have been very supportive. Without them, we would not be able to get through this.’

She revealed that she will be writing to local council officials at the London Borough of Newham and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to raise concerns about the lack of CCTV and police patrols in the area.

Ms Gomoh said: ‘A lot of us feel unsafe in this part of east London. There is a lot of crime and gangs here and the police don’t seem to do anything about it. We have been calling for security to be increased for quite a long time.

‘If there had been CCTV perhaps the police would have been able to identify David’s killers by now. We’ve had other murders and stabbings in this area too. People were already afraid to go out of their homes before my son’s death and now this has made things even worse.’

Police say David, a marketing graduate at London Southbank University, was not doing anything which gives any reason for why he was singled out.

They believe he was ‘murdered in a totally unprovoked attack’.

Police have released an image of a stolen car they believe was used by David’s killers.

The silver Dodge Caliber was found abandoned minutes after the stabbing, half a mile away in Lincoln Road, Plaistow.

It had fake number plates and have previously been driven through a no entry sign from Cumberland Road.

The car, which was stolen in Dagenham on April 16, was distinctive because it had a temporary wheel on the front passenger side.

Bouquets of flowers have been placed at the spot right outside the family home where David died on Freemasons Road in Newham, East London

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the car or may have dashcam footage of it, before or after the attack, to come forward.

Detective Inspector Tony Kirk of the Met Police Specialist Crime Command said: ‘David’s family are going through unimaginable torment.

‘Within days his mother has seen the death of her husband and son; his sister has lost her brother and father, both are now heartbroken.

‘David was a young man who had worked hard to put himself through university and, like his mother, worked hard for the community in the NHS.’

DI Kirk added: ‘At this time we believe the only thing David did to be murdered was walk down a street.

‘He was apparently approached by a group of men wearing masks and stabbed multiple times in a ferocious assault.’

A GoFundMe Page to financially support his mother and help with the cost of David’s funeral has been set up and has so far raised more than £17,000.

A spokesman for London South Bank University, where Mr Gomoh graduated in July 2017, said: ‘A tragic incident, in which London South Bank University graduate, David Gomoh, was fatally injured, took place in Newham on Sunday 26 April.

‘The University would like to extend its sincere and heartfelt condolences, sympathy and support to David’s family and friends at this very sad time.’

Police have asked that anyone with information call detectives at the Met Police incident room on 0208 345 3985 or contact via 101 quoting CAD 8371/26APR.

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