Kilburn death: Stabbing victim was founder of Billy Boyce clothing line
11:14 27 December 2012
A man found stabbed to death in his Kilburn flat was an up-and-coming fashion designer whose creations were worn by rap artists.
Shaun Akanbi, 26, was found dead at his home in Cedar Lodge, Exeter Road, after police broke in following concerns about his welfare on December 22.
Mr Akanbi, who was also known as Mashood Abiola, founded urban designer house Billy Boyce in 2009 while studying at the London College of Fashion.
Named after Mr Akanbi’s father Billy, the fashion house is described as Mayfair style fused with Camden street culture on its official website.
Fans and wearers of Billy Boyce clothing include Miss Dynamite, Ironik and Fazer from grime trio N-Dubz.
Tributes have been paid to Middlesex University law graduate Mr Akanbi on social networking websites.
Toanna Pepper Okwesa tweeted: “R.I.P Shaun Akanbi of Billy Boyce Clothing, was hoping it was not true. Such a talent and such a pleasant man.”
Bow tie company Sulphurgenic tweeted: “So sad to hear about the passing of Billy Boyce Founder , Shaun Akanbi. R.I.P from everyone at Sulphurgenic.”
Lawal Adetoun left a tribute on Billy Boyce official’s Facebook page saying: “RIP! Endtimes! May Almighty God console ur family! Uncle billy may Almighty Allah grant him al janaa! Amin”
A post mortem at Northwick Park Mortuary gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the torso.
An incident room has opened at Lewisham under Detective Chief Inspector Russell Taylor of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC).
Anyone with information call 020 8721 4868 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.