Football pundit Ian Wright is said to be ‘devastated’ by the death of a boxer who was stabbed to death, heartbroken relatives have revealed.
Reece Newcombe, 31, trained the former Arsenal player for a charity boxing match in 2014 against golfer Tony Healey.
He died after being struck with a broken glass following an incident on Richmond Bridge, south west London on Saturday.
Reece’s family have been left heartbroken by his death and today gathered at his home in Feltham, west London.
One tearful relative told MailOnline: ‘You couldn’t find a nicer person. Reece was one in a million and all his family are heartbroken by what’s happened.
‘Ian is in Doha with the World Cup but he’s been informed, and he’s as devastated as well are.
Football pundit Ian Wright is said to be ‘devastated’ by the news about his former trainer Reece Newcombe (pictured together)
Kane Newcombe (left) left a tribute to his ‘brother, friend and everything’ after Reece (right) was stabbed to death on Saturday
‘He’s a new dad, just five months ago his daughter Misse was born, and her mum is in bits.
‘The police say he didn’t do anything wrong, and it looks like he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We just hope they catch the people responsible quickly.’
His devastated brother Kane wrote on Facebook: ‘My brother!! I will forever cherish everything we ever did together! No one can ever replace the brother, the friend you were to me!
‘You was always the one I inspired and looked up to way beyond belief as many others did. I idolised you in every way, the way you cared, the way you made me laugh and everyone you was around.
‘The way you lifted the atmosphere up! You made me the man I am today!! I’ve lost my brother as well as my bestest friend! Absolutely heartbroken words can’t justify the way it hurts!! Love you so much my brother, my friend, my everything!!’
Sharing pictures of the two of them growing up Kane later added: ‘What I would do to have you back. Completely empty without you! Love you so much.’
Sharing pictures of the two of them growing up Kane later added: ‘What I would do to have you back. Completely empty without you! Love you so much’
A GoFundMe page has been launched by Reece’s best friend Jamie Dobson and this morning he total stood at just under £60,000.
The family have also organised a memorial walk for Reece which will take place this Saturday in Richmond Park.
Posting on social media they said: ‘Such are the circumstances around Reece passing it may be a while until we can lay him to rest and give him the send-off he deserves.
‘We are therefore organising a walk in honour of our beloved Reece. He was the best father, brother, uncle, son grandson anyone could wish for.
‘Reece was so loved and touched many lives so please don’t hesitate to join us and show how much he really meant to all of us and the mark he left on our lives.’
Kane said that he will ‘forever cherish’ their memories together and said he had lost not only his brother but his ‘bestest friend’
The family have also organised a memorial walk for Reece (pictured) which will take place this Saturday in Richmond Park
Police are examining footage from nearby traffic cameras and appealed for witnesses, who they believe might have filmed the incident, to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘We believe a number of people watched the incident unfold and some onlookers may have recorded the footage on their mobile phones.
‘Anyone who has yet to speak to us is urged to come forward immediately. My team are working to provide Reece’s family with answers and the public could have valuable information that will help our investigation.’
Police were called to the scene in south-west London at about 4am on Saturday and found Reece with serious injuries.
Police were called to the scene in south-west London at about 4am on Saturday and found Reece with serious injuries
The Metropolitan Police said officers administered CPR before paramedics took over and transported him to hospital, where he died later that morning. No arrests have yet been made.
It was the third murder in Lawless London over the weekend.
Kearne Solanke and Charlie Bartolo, both aged 16, were found with stab wounds in Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead, and Sewell Road, Abbey Wood, in Greenwich on Saturday afternoon.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the two teenagers a mile apart from each other.