Popular florist Tony Eastlake, 55, who worked on the Essex Road in Islington, north London, was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon.
Mr Eastlake, a much-loved part of the community, known as the “flower man of Islington,” had worked the same flower stall since the age of 14.
Police believe Tony and his killer knew each other and have ruled out robbery as a motive.
Reports indicate he was stabbed as he made his way to a friend’s house for dinner.
A man has been arrested for murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, leading the investigation, said: “I hope this brings some reassurance to the community after what was an incredibly traumatic and unsettling incident that has cost the life of a well loved and respected man.
“I can confirm that this attack is not believed to have occurred as a result of a robbery.”
Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects at Tony’s flower stall, Florence & Fleur, on Monday night.
People chanted “there’s only one Tony Eastlake” and friends and relatives took turns to share their fond memories of him.
The Times reports his daughter Paige told mourners: “It was not only my dad, it was my twin, it was my best friend and this is what’s going to get me through this — all of you here today. I’m speechless so thank you all.”
Jody Graber, a family friend, called for a mural of the florist to be created on the wall behind his stall and received a round of applause when he said: “I still want to see Tony smiling at us when I drive up and down our road.”
James Peppiatt, 21 of Elmore Street, Islington, was charged with Tony’s murder yesterday and was remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today.
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