His killer has been convicted of the murder and is now facing a life sentence for stabbing Harry Uzoka in the heart during a dispute.
British catwalker George Koh, 24, had become increasingly obsessed with more successful English model Harry Uzoka and is accused of trying to copy the look of the top industry rival.
The pair engaged in online quarrels through social media in the months leading up to Uzoka’s murder in January. Koh is said to have been envious of Uzoka’s style to the point of trying to schmooze his friends.
Their rivalry peaked when Koh started claiming he had slept with Uzoka’s model girlfriend, Ruby Campbell.
Uzoka had addressed Koh in a direct message:
“Leave my name out of your mouth, it’s that simple. I’ve never spoken bad of you in any way, so this is wild.”
Then came the fateful day Uzoka was killed, 11th January, 2018. Uzoka, who was referred to as “Britain’s most famous black model,’’ working for such brands as Mercedes and Zara at Koh’s trial— agreed to meet Koh outside his London home.
Both men brought back up as well as weapons. Uzoka carried a dumbbell, while Koh had a knife in each of his hands. The scuffle — some of which was caught on video — ended with Koh stabbing his rival through the heart, prosecutors said.
Koh however claimed that Uzoka punched him and then fell on top of one of the knives, effectively stabbing himself.
Uzoka died on the sidewalk in front of his home.
Koh now faces life behind bars when sentenced on 21 September, the Mirror reports.