Police have named the murder victim and made two arrests after a man was attacked in Hayes.
Police were called at 6:51pm on Thursday, 18 May after a man was found injured in Reynolds Road. Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service. A 30-year-old man was found with stab injuries and later died at the scene.
The man has now been identified as Sean O’Neill, of Hayes. His family are being supported by police.
In a statement, his family said: “We are completely heartbroken by the loss of our beautiful son and brother, Sean. It is especially difficult given the violent and cruel way that it has happened. He was incredibly loved and we have been overwhelmed by all of the kind words that have been shared about him from those who knew him.”
Detectives believe that the attack on the victim is linked to earlier incidents of disorder around 16:45hrs on Thursday 18 May involving two groups of men in and around the Yeading Lane and Willow Tree Lane area of Hayes.
Detective Inspector Kevin Martin said: “Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in West Drayton this morning following the execution of a warrant by detectives from the Specialist Crime Command, supported by the TSG. Additionally alongside local officers, a further two warrants were executed in the vicinity of the attack on 22 May as part of enquiries.
“Police are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed this disorder in the area or the attack on the victim on Thursday, particularly between 18:30hrs and 19:30hrs. You will be supported by our team and could help our enquiries by identifying those responsible.”
Detective Superintendent Figo Forouzan, from the local policing team in west London, said: “Our colleagues in Specialist Crime are working extremely hard to understand the circumstances which led to the death of Mr O’Neill and my heartfelt condolences are with his family and friends at what must be a terrible time for them.
“Please contact us, or Crimestoppers anonymously if you have information which could help enquiries and lead to bringing whoever is responsible to justice.”