A young father was stabbed to death less than an hour before a woman in her thirties was killed in London last night.
Raul Nicolaie, said to be in his 20s, was stabbed at his flat in Colindale, north London just before 6pm. He was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries.
In a separate attack, a woman in her thirties was stabbed to death in London just after 6.30pm.
Romanian national Nicolaie is believed to have come to the UK five years ago and was a doting father to his six-month-old son.
He lived with his girlfriend in Zenith Close which is where he was found with a stab wound to the shoulder.
Friend David Hass told the Evening Standard: I saw the paramedics bring him out of the flats on a stretcher. I couldnt see his face but then I recognised his arm tattoo.
Another friend, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: He was a good guy. He loved playing football and drinking beer.
Scotland Yard was questioning a woman in her 20s concerning the killing.
In Sudbourne Road, Brixton, at 6.30pm the police were called to the property where they found a woman in her 30s stabbed to death.
Detectives have arrested a man in his 20s in connection with the murder. It is believed the two knew each other.
The latest two killings bring the number of suspected murders in the capital this year to 59.