Teachers and friends have paid tribute to the Peckham teenager and ‘excellent role model’ murdered outside Clapham South tube station last week.
Malcolm Mide-Madariola was knifed outside the station on Balham Hill on Friday afternoon after what police believed was an ‘altercation’ between two groups of youths.
Officers and paramedics desperately tried to save him but, tragically, he died shortly after arriving in hospital.
Malcolm was a former Harris Academy Peckham student who was studying at a college in Clapham.
Ms Rebecca Hickey, Harris Academy Peckham’s executive principal, told the News: “We are all heartbroken that a cherished former student has had his life senselessly and cruelly taken from him and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
“Malcolm was renowned for being an excellent role model to his peers.
“He had a dedicated work ethic, was a deep and creative thinker and balanced a calm, mature manner with a wonderful sense of humour and an infectious smile.
“His commitment to fulfilling his potential was realised in his superb GCSE results.
“Malcolm was admired by all in our school community: teachers loved working with him; younger students looked up to him and his peers recognised him as a very special individual.
“To lose such a precious, innocent life at so young an age is beyond tragic.
“Malcolm will be remembered always as a great ambassador of Harris Academy Peckham.”
Outside the underground station touching tributes including flowers, cards and dozens of candles have been left at the scene.