The international fashion community is mourning a grave loss this weekend following reports that emerging British model Harry Uzoka has been killed as a result of knife violence in a tragic slaying taking place across the pond.
According to reports, the 25-year-old model was fatally stabbed in London on Thursday (Jan. 11) and was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics were not able to revive him. As reported, two male suspects aged 27 and 28 have been taken into custody in connection with the brutal crime, one that detective inspector Beverley Kofi shared with The Guardian was "an attempted robbery gone wrong."
Uzoka, who was signed to Premier Model Management, the agency that helped launched the careers of Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, worked with a variety of well-known brands, including Zara, Everlane, G-Star Raw, Levi's, ALDO and more.
Following the horrific news of Uzoka's murder, many colleagues and companies alike have taken to social media, including model Jourdan Dunn, singer MNEK and British GQ, to react to the news and share beautiful words of tribute, with many referring to the late model as an "inspiration to young Black men."
Our condolences go out to Harry Uzoka's family and loved ones during this difficult time. Take a look at some of the touching tributes honoring his life and legacy, below.
just read about the murder of Harry Uzoka. SHOCKED. i met him various times and thought he was always so cool. my heart goes out to his family. RIP. 💜— MNEK (@MNEK) January 12, 2018
Harry Uzoka was literally a young icon for black boys in the UK and London. RIP - absolutely shocking news— Lew Bloyce (@lewisbloyce_) January 12, 2018
We’re deeply saddened to hear about Harry Uzoka’s passing.— Everlane (@Everlane) January 12, 2018
He was a wonderful model but even more so a good person and a pleasure to work with.
There’s so much more behind the person you’ve seen in our campaigns.
Thank you, Harry, for being such a great person. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/PpbwhbgYXr
Our hearts go out to the friends and family of @harryuzoka. Harry has worked closely with us as a model. Harry had a contagious personality- he would light up the room and make everyone on set smile. We will miss him. Rest in Peace, Harry. pic.twitter.com/Q2IvkjlnI2— G-Star RAW (@GStarRAW) January 12, 2018
My heart is heavy, my condolences to harry uzoka’s loved ones— Jacob Banks (@MrJacobBanks) January 12, 2018
That’s somebody’s son, that’s someone’s source of joy
That shit is weak, we have to do better
We have to do so much better
RIP harry uzoka
completely devastated to hear about Harry Uzoka passing. rest easy young king 👑🙏🏾 my heart breaks for his family & friends 😥 I can’t imagine what they must be going through 💔 I truly pray this senseless violence will stop— NEELAM GILL (@NeelamKG) January 12, 2018
Rest in Paradise Young King 👑🌹 pic.twitter.com/VUdMPpb5Vo— Jourdan Dunn (@missjourdandunn) January 12, 2018
I’m not even ready for this and I still don’t accept it. He wasn’t just my ex boyfriend, he was one of my oldest and dearest friends. He didn’t deserve this and I am heartbroken. I remember when we were together, things had just started for you, you hadn’t even left the country before and I took you to Paris for your 18th birthday. Fast forward 7 years and you’ve been all over the world and been an inspiration to so many. You are proof that you can change your entire life and become a role model, no matter the circumstances. So much I want to say, so much I feel and don’t feel right now but just know you are loved, you are love and light and I just can’t believe this.
He inspired so many to follow their dreams, raised the bar for British male models and had such a bright future and positive energy - I'm heartbroken Harry's exceptional life was cut short by cowards in another needless act of knife crime in London. This is out of hand, what did this innocent man do to deserve this. Rest in perfect peace. 🌹#harryuzoka