UKBD TIMES DESK:
A boy aged 16 was being questioned today over the murder of a shopkeeper after a dispute with three youths over Rizla cigarette papers.
Vijay Patel, 49, was knocked to the ground with a single blow and suffered a fatal head wound. The father of two spent nearly two days on life-support at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington following the late-night attack in Mill Hill. He was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon.
Detectives arrested the boy last night and were quizzing him today at a north London police station.
Mr Patel, who lived in Kingsbury, had moved to London from India in 2006 to provide a better life for his wife Vibha and their two sons Neel and Dhruv, his family said today.
His brother Prakash, 47, told the Daily Mail: “He was the greatest man in the world. He always wanted to help and do the right thing.”
The attack took place at the Rota Express grocery store and mobile phone shop in The Broadway, where Mr Patel had worked for about two years, at about 11.45pm on Saturday.
Shocked residents in Mill Hill last night described him as a “lovely man” as they came to lay flowers and candles outside the closed shop.
The three youths seen running away from The Broadway are all described as black teenagers — one wearing a red sweatshirt, black jeans and white trainers, another wearing a dark grey or black tracksuit and black trainers, and the third wearing a dark coloured hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0200, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.