Tashan Daniel, 20, was fatally wounded in an “unprovoked attack” on the platform at Hillingdon station on Tuesday shortly before 4pm on 24th September 2019
He had been heading to the Emirates Stadium to see the Gunners face Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Not just another statistic a real person that was loved by so many
he tragic killing of 20-year-old Tashan Daniel has left a family and a community devastated.
At a vigil held at 6pm on Thursday, September 26 at Hillingdon station the outpouring of grief was clear to see.
Tashan, an aspiring photographer, was stabbed on a platform at Hillingdon London Underground station as he waited for a train with his friend at around 4pm on Tuesday (September 24).
As Tashan’s family look for ways to make sense of the killing they are resolute in their belief that Tashan will not become “another statistic” in London’s battle against violence.
Vigil at Hillingdon Tube station showed how the community cared
A father who summoned the strength to thank everyone who attended
Why this knife crime has saddened so many
Father Chandima Daniel lifted a photo of his son in the air during a prayer and urged people in the crowds to hug each other. He said: ‘It’s about bringing the community together and stopping this nonsense. ‘This is an amazing turnout, it really is, I don’t know what to say really. It’s just unbelievable. ‘I’m still in a state of shock about what happened, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions at the moment.’ He says people have been saying ‘amazing things’ about his son which makes him ‘so proud to be his father’.
Tashan was a gentle character not invloved in gang violence or on the wrong side of the law. He was simply a young man on the way to watch his favorite football team when he was attacked with a knife that killed him.
He had kissed his mum and dad goodbye and hour before he was killed.
The family saw Tashan die
Mr Daniel said Tashan had been making his first solo trip to the Emirates stadium to watch Arsenal play Nottingham Forest.
The 48-year-old said he ran to the station as it was being evacuated.
“I was hoping it was mistaken identity – there was no way it was going to be Tashan,” he said.
“I could see as I was running down the stairs he was being worked on, on the platform floor.
“The air ambulance were telling me they had done everything they could and his heart had stopped for 20 minutes. It was all a blur.”
Celia Daniel, 48, said she was able to “hold his hand for a tiny second” while paramedics worked on her son.
Tashan had bought a ticket to watch Arsenal play Nottingham Forest “as a birthday present to himself” after turning 20 on 22 September.
“I could see as I was running down the stairs he was being worked on, on the platform floor. The air ambulance told me his heart had stopped for 20 minutes. It was all a blur.”
Tashan’s mother Celia, also 48, said she was able to “hold his hand for a tiny second” while paramedics tried to save her son.
Mr Daniel said: “Tashan set his standards high, he was hardworking and a family-orientated boy and he was a beautiful soul.”