Rising Arsenal and England star leads tributes to “lovely” Islington teen killed in moped collision
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Rising Arsenal and England star Kaylen Hinds led tributes to a “lovely” Islington teenager killed in a moped collision.
Joe Walker, 17, from Stroud Green, died after a collision with two cars on Seven Sisters Road, near the junction of Moreton Road, Tottenham, shortly after 1pm on Sunday.
Police believe he was travelling north on the road when he was in collision with a black Ford Focus and was thrown into the path of a red Volkswagen. He died at the scene despite the efforts of London’s Air Ambulance.
Mr Hinds, who has scored four goals for England under-18s, said on Twitter: “RIP Joe Walker. We go way back from primary school days and playing with each other at Leyton Orient.”
He added: “Trying to get my head around it, trying to keep strong but it’s hard man. Everyone is going to miss you.”
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Tegan Cosgrave, 16, a family friend of Mr Walker, said: “He was the loveliest boy, always making people laugh.
“He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. I don’t know anyone that could say a bad word about him.
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“He was loved by all of his friends.”
Other friends had laid flowers at the scene??where Mr Walker - also known as Doomps - died.
One, @BossHicksy, who was “like a big brother” to Mr Walker, said: “I can’t believe my brothers left me. RIP my lil g Doomps love you can’t believe you’re gone.”
Another, @xshanmarie_, said: “The good die young I still can’t believe your gone it’s broke my heart rest in peace king Doomps.”
Next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination has taken place.
Det Sgt Jane Mallet, from the Serious Collision investigation Unit, said: “This is a busy road and the collision took place when there were many vehicles travelling in both directions. I am keen to hear from anyone that has any information that could assist us with our investigation.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident can call the Serious Collision investigation Unit on 020 8991 9555 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.