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WATCH: Asake paid tribute to Brixton Academy victims, security dog handler Gaby Hutchinson and Rebecca Ikumelo

Asake started his first UK gig since two people were killed in a crush at one of his concerts with a three-minute tribute video.

Rebecca Ikumelo and Gaby Hutchinson died in a crowd surge outside the O2 Academy Brixton in December last year.

Afrobeats star Asake paid tribute to the pair when he returned to London on Sunday night.

The video ended with an appeal for anyone who had any information about the crush to get in touch with police.

Rebecca Ikumelo

Rebecca, 33, and security guard Gaby, 23, were killed in the crush at Asake’s first UK gig on 15 December 2022.

Gaby Hutchinson on-duty

The Met Police investigation is still ongoing and the south London venue has been closed ever since, with its licence under review by Lambeth Council.

Officers are also still appealing for information and says a 21-year-old woman remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Gaby with their dogs

Asake returned for the one-off show at the O2 Arena, which has a 20,000 capacity and is four times bigger than the Brixton venue, on Sunday night.

He kept fans waiting, arriving on stage about an hour and 20 minutes later than planned, and started with a three-minute tribute poem to Rebecca and Gaby.

“Up at 02:30 thinking Gaby Hutchinson could be me,” the poem read.

“Rest well and be free, rest in peace Rebecca, our sister.”

Police officers were also handing out flyers outside the gig, encouraging witnesses to come forward.

(Source: BBC)


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