Following reports of his passing and online tributes flowing in from the world of fashion, police have confirmed that the identity of a young man found dead in a north west London flat is that of celebrity designer Billy Boyce.
The 26-year-old law graduate whose real name was Moshood Abiola Akanbi had designed for several British stars including N Dubz, StooShe, Wiley and Tinie Tempah and made a name for himself with his Billy Boyce label.
At 4.45pm on the day of his death (December 22) police attended an address in Cedar Lodge, Exeter Road NW2 following concerns expressed for the welfare of the occupant. Officers forced entry to the property and found a man suffering “multiple stab wounds to the torso.” He was pronounced dead at the scene. No-one else was in the property at the time officers entered.
The designer’s friends took to the social networking site to mourn Shaun’s loss.
“I Still Cannot Get My Head Round It All…You Don’t Smoke…Don’t Drink, I Dare Say, You Even Go Clubbing. You Were Not Reckless As Some Your Age,” wrote Nigerian milliner Lyze Bamigbola-Silas and continued thus:
“The Only Thing On Your Mind Was The Success Of Your Label ~ Billy Boyce.
It All Does Not Make Sense At All. Graduating With High Honours In Law , You Followed Your Passion, FASHION! You Soon Made Your Mark; Where Your Peers Can Only Dream Of Achieving. Your Tenacity And Drive Saw The Success Of The Label In A Short Space Of Time. With International Orders And Celebrities Wearing Your Brand, You Pushed Further. With Your And Vision, You Were Way Ahead Of Your Years.”
“We Will Miss Your Stunning, Colourful Designs. We Will Never Forget Your Infectious And Gentle Personality. Your Talent Will Be Sorely Missed ! Thoughts And Prayers With You And Your Family. Rest In Peace Brother!” wrote Adrian Pini, photographer and owner of Adrian Pini studio.
Stylist Denise Brown wrote, “This guy was not only an amazing designer but a person with such a great personality and an educated young brother who had a 1st in Law. He was no more than 23 years old with a future a head of him now his gone.”
There has been no arrest over the murder at this time.
An incident room has opened at Lewisham under Detective Chief Inspector Russell Taylor (HSCC). Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4868 or police on 101; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.