A Nigerian family has lost 3 sons to the recent gang violence in London.
On Tuesday, a Nigerian father-of-two, David Bello-Monerville was stabbed to death in north London. The London’s latest stabbing victim has been named as the third brother from one family to be murdered.
David Bello-Monerville, 38, was stabbed to death on Tuesday after two groups attacked eachother near his family home in Barnet using blades, chains and broom handles during the street battle. Two other victims, aged 25 and 34, are still recovering from injuries in hospital.
His mother, Linda, rushed to the scene sobbing and shouting: “Not another son!”, according to neighbours. They said she and David’s dad, John, were ‘beyond devastated’ at the murder of the third of their seven children.
Six years ago, his brother, Joseph, was shot in the head in a car. In 1994, another of his siblings, Trevor, 26, died after being stabbed in Hackney.
When Joseph was killed, David was in the car. David was with his 19-year-old twin brothers, Joseph and Jonathan, when a gunman fired three times. And in 1994 a third brother, Trevor Monerville, 26, died after being stabbed by five men in Hackney. No-one has ever been brought to justice for the murders of Joseph and Trevor, but Nathan Harewood, 27, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary following an investigation into David’s death.
The set of twins had returned to Britain just six months before the murder, to start a degree in forensic science at London Metropolitan University. .
They had gone to Nigeria to study because of their parents’ fears over youth violence in north London.
Superintendent Tim Alexander said: “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this very difficult time. This is such a tragic loss of life and we urge anyone with information to come forward.”