The father of a man who was stabbed to death in Kidbrooke has spoken out for the first time.

Leo Marcus was just 22 when he was stabbed to death for not handing over his phone.

A fundraiser was set up soon after Leo's death by a family friend to cover the costs of the funeral, which raised over £2,000 in just two days.

Leo's dad, Cliff Marcus said: “I am touched by the generosity and kindness of so many people. I am a private person and I didn’t even know the campaign was being launched - I don’t know what to say.

"People have been showing their love to my family, my boy, and I am grateful to everybody”

A teenager appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with Leo's murder.

Shackim Taylor, 19, of Gunyard Mews, was arrested on Sunday before being charged for murder, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Family friend, Kirk told News Shopper: "I just want to try and get some good out of a bad situation.

"I truly cannot understand how you go from mugging someone to murdering them."


Leader of Greenwich Council, Dan Thorpe, wrote on Twitter: "All my thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends of the young man who has lost his life this evening in @Royal_Greenwich

"This mindless, senseless violence has no place in our community & we will continue to do everything we can to eradicate it from our streets."