Detectives leading a murder investigation in Yeading have named the victim and made two arrests
The man has now been identified as Sean O’Neill from Hayes. His family are being supported by officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, who lead the investigation.
Detectives believe that the attack on the victim is linked to earlier incidents of disorder around 4:45pm on the same day involving two groups of men in and around the Yeading Lane and Willow Tree Lane area.
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.”
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 [Territorial Support Group]. 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.”
A post-mortem examination will take place today (24 May). Anyone with information that could assist detectives is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 6840/18May.