Successful London model Harry Uzoka was found stabbed to death last Thursday, and another model has been charged in his killing. He reportedly staggered out into the streets of London after being stabbed.
Uzoka, 25, was represented by Premier Model Management and he has modeled for prestigious names like Dior and Mercedes, according to The Cut.
On Tuesday another model, 24-year-old George Koh, and his friend Jonathan Okigbo, 23, were charged with Uzoka’ murder, Scotland Yard said in a statement. It is unclear if they have lawyers who can speak on their behalf. They are both due in court later this week.
“Premier Model Management are shocked and saddened by the devastating news of one of our dearly loved models Harry’s passing," Premier said in a statement. "Premier Model Management’s thoughts and priorities are with the Uzoka family and friends.”
An industry source told The Guardian that Uzoka was a “wonderful model but, even more so, a good person and a pleasure to work with.”
The modeling and fashion industry are grieving the loss of Uzoka. Model Leomie Anderson, who has worked for Victoria’s Secret, tweeted out a montage to commemorate her slain peer.
After the arrest of Koh and Okigbo she tweeted, “Please respect Harry’s close family and friends at this time, everyone is still in shock but we are all happy that the perpetrators have been caught and I personally pray the full weight of the law is placed on these people’s heads.”
Uzoka modeled for clothing retailer Everlane, who posted, “We’re deeply saddened to hear about Harry Uzoka’s passing. He was a wonderful model but even more so a good person and a pleasure to work with. There’s so much more behind the person you’ve seen in our campaigns. Thank you, Harry, for being such a great person. Rest in peace.”
A motive for the stabbing has yet to be established. Koh modeled for multiple brands, including Louis Vuitton, Kenzo and Paul Smith in the past. He was represented by IMG models, but a representative told the Daily Mail that he has not worked for them since last March.