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Stephanie Wareham

Second person dies after crowd crush at O2 Brixton Academy

A second person has died after a crowd crush at the O2 Brixton Academy last week. Gaby Hutchinson, 23, died in hospital in the early hours of Monday.

Gaby was working as one of the contracted security providers for the Asake concert that happened on Thursday. Gaby was taken to hospital but died there in the early hours of December 19, the Metropolitan Police said.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, policing commander for Lambeth and Southwark, said: “It is devastating news that a second person has lost their life following the events on Thursday. I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to Gaby’s family at this unimaginably difficult time.”

Police investigating the crush said they have established that the three people who were critically injured, including Rebecca Ikumelo and Gaby Hutchinson who have tragically died, were all in the foyer of the building. One woman is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Gabrielle Hutchinson has been named as the second person to have died after a crowd crush at the O2 Brixton Academy last Thursday (Metropolitan Police)

The horrifying crush happened when ticketless fans tried to get into a show by Nigerian artist Asake at the south London venue on Thursday. Earlier, Asake said he is “devastated” and “overwhelmed with grief” after the death of Rebecca, a mother of two children from Newham in East London.

Police were called to the concert venue just after 9pm following reports of a huge crowd gathering outside the venue. Another call was made at 9.35pm to report people trying to force their way into the venue.

The police cordons outside the venue have now been removed, but cordons remain in place inside the building while officers continue to examine the scene.

With police determining there were around 4,000 potential witnesses to what happened, they have set up an online page for the submission of photos, videos and other information that could help their investigation.

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