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The brother of a lawyer killed when a shop sign fell on him has paid tribute to “a special part of our family.”

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David Marx, whose 27-year-old brother Jacob died in Camden, on Monday, described how hard it has been to come to terms with his death.

Jacob, originally from New Zealand, was killed when a sign covering the length of a William Hill bookmakers in Camden Road fell to the pavement, fatally injuring him.

His brother said in a statement: “Jacob was a wonderful person, a special part of our family, and a much-loved friend and partner.

“Losing him so quickly and so far away is very hard for us to come to terms with. We thank everyone for the love and kind support we’ve received as we try to grapple with what has happened.

“We’d also like to thank the emergency services and people in Camden who came to Jacob’s aid and tried to help save him. It means a lot to us that, despite him being so far from home, people did their best to look after him.

“We are still in the process of seeking to make arrangements to have Jacob returned to us. Because of this, we are uncertain when his funeral will be.

“We now ask that common decency prevails, and that we are given space, respect and privacy to grieve.”

Mr Marx came to the UK last September with his girlfriend, Natalie Chung, and the couple had planned to travel together.

He had been working for law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and had been based in the company’s Sydney office.

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