Asake Brixton Crush: Tribute to mother of two, 33, killed after “3,000” extra fans tried to force entry into sold-out gig

TRIBUTE has been paid to a mother of two who died after being crushed at an Asake gig in Brixton.

Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, was killed when 3,000 extra fans reportedly tried to force entry into the O2 Academy on Thursday night.

Rebecca Ikumelo died Thursday in the crowd at the O2 Academy

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Rebecca Ikumelo died Thursday in the crowd at the O2 Academy
Rebecca was a mother of two sons and recently shared pictures of her playing in the snow with her family

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Rebecca was a mother of two sons and recently shared pictures of her playing in the snow with her family

Two other women, aged 21 and 23, remain hospitalized in critical condition.

Honors have now been received for Rebecca, who had two young sons.

A friend shared a picture of the mother on her Instagram and said: “I still can’t believe you’re gone. Please tell me it’s a prank.”

Another commented on a photo of Rebecca: “May God Lord protect your children and comfort your family.

“Rest in perfect peace. You don’t deserve this at all.”

While another pal said: “So upset. So angry. That could have been prevented. I’m so sorry the world has let you down. Rest in peace girl.”

Rebecca regularly posted on her Instagram and YouTube about her two sons, who both have autism.

She regularly raised awareness of the condition on her social media and has appeared on podcasts to talk about raising children with delayed speech.

Tragically, the day before the concert, the doting mum posted a video of one of her boys saying, “Considering he wasn’t verbal just a year ago.

“He’s made so much progress this year”.

Rebecca also recently shared pictures of the family enjoying the snow as they prepared for Christmas.

And she posted a clip of her kids decorating a tree in matching pyjamas, saying this year was “extra special” as they could tell her whatever they wanted.

Asake paid tribute to Rebecca today after she passed away in hospital this morning.

He said today: “I am devastated by the news that Rebecca Ikumelo, who has been in critical condition since Thursday, has sadly passed away.

“My sincere condolences to her family at this time. Please let us keep her family in our prayers. I have spoken to them and will continue to do so.

“I am overcome with grief and could never have imagined that something like this would happen.”

The artist said he and his team are still awaiting information from the venue and police to determine what went wrong.

He also urged anyone with information to contact the Met.

The tragedy struck Thursday night when the performance was cut short midway after a “large number of people” tried to force entry.

Footage shared online appeared to show clashes between fans and police.

A clip also surfaced of a woman being thrown down the stairs by officers, which is now being investigated.

The performance was the last of three sold-out shows by the Nigerian singer.

Lambeth and Southwark Police Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said at the scene yesterday: “I would like to extend my condolences to all those affected. After seeing some of the truly harrowing images on social media, our thoughts are with them.

“An urgent investigation is being conducted, led by detectives from our Specialist Crime Command, and cordons remain in place while officers continue to work at the crime scene.

“This is still a fast moving and evolving image and we are working to determine the events leading up to the incident.

“We are also aware of a large amount of footage on social media and this will of course be examined as part of the investigation along with footage from officers’ body-worn video cameras.

“We are working incredibly closely with our partners and community members and would like to thank them for their support with the investigation so far.

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“We also want to thank people for reporting us with information.”

Thousands tried to gain access to the venue

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Thousands tried to gain access to the venueCredit: PA
The performance was canceled halfway

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The performance was canceled halfwayPhoto credit: Twitter
Three people fought for their lives, including Rebecca

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Three people fought for their lives, including Rebecca

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