Dulwich stabbing victim who had 'throat slit' named as Dennis Anderson | Daily Star – Daily Star
The 39-year-old is said to have been slashed across the throat by a man outside 24-hour convenience shop in Dulwich, south east London.
Met Police were called to Pay Less Food & Wine in Lordship Lane, Dulwich, at 2.35am, but Dennis was declared dead at the scene.
Friends and family have paid tribute to the beloved painter and decorator who had a teenage daughter.
Luke Roche, 29, revealed Dennis had been coming home from a friend’s birthday party when he was attacked.
Witnesses have said a row erupted over a cigarette that lead to the shocking killing amid a wave of violent crime across London.
Roche told the Evening Standard: “Dennis had been at a friend’s birthday party last night and must have been coming home. But I don’t know what happened.
“He loved his daughter. He was a family man and very popular, no one had a bad word to say about him.
“I honestly can’t think of anyone he’d had a fight with. He just wasn’t part of that life.”
Staff at the shop said customers tried to restrain the attacker, described as aged in his thirties, but he managed to escape.
Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are probing CCTV of the attack – with no arrests yet made.
Another pal said: “He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. He doted on his daughter and was very loving.
“He used to party in the pubs in Lordship Lane. He was best friends with a load of boys who still live around here and all went to primary school together.
“They’ll be devastated. Whoever did this should be put away for a long time.”
Shop assistant manager Muhammad Khan said his cousin was working when an argument broke out in the early hours of Sunday.
Khan added: “They had an argument about cigarettes. The guy with the knife asked the other for free cigarettes, like as a favour or something.
“I don’t know whether he knew him. They had an argument and he took out a knife. Everyone was trying to stop him.”
Witnesses said the attacker slashed Dennis across the throat in the horrific attack, and he has become the fifth murder victim in London in just two weeks.
Residents and business owners in East Dulwich have been shocked by the killing on Lordship Lane.
Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, Helen Hayes, wrote: “Appalled to learn of a fatal stabbing on Lordship Lane during the night.
“Another family now devastated due to knife crime. This has to stop.”