Man arrested on suspicion of fatal Lewisham stabbing

Rukevwe Tadafe, 21, who was fatally stabbed. Pic: @Des_Ade

Rukevwe Tadafe, 21, who was fatally stabbed. Pic: @Des_Ade

Detectives investigating the alleged murder of a 21 year old from Lewisham have arrested a 21-year-old man.

He was arrested on suspicion of the fatal stabbing of Rukevwe Tadafe on Saturday (May 7) and released on police bail until early August.

Mr Tadafe was attacled on Molesworth Street and found outside the Lewisham shopping centre at about 8.40pm on April 30. He was rushed to intensive care and remained in a critical condition until 8.25am on May 5, when he died with his family by his side.

On May 6 it was confirmed that cause of death was stab wounds to the chest.

Friends and family have been paying tribute to Rukevwe Tadafe on social media, who also went by Peanut or Ruke, describing him as a man “with a heart of gold.”



The murder investigation is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with any information to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3775 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at

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