Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'We Have to Stop the Madman Who Killed My Brother'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'We Have to Stop the Madman Who Killed My Brother'

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THE BROTHER of a BBC librarian murdered yards from his home told today how his death had left his family devastated.

Tom Brown, 27, the youngest in a family of four brothers and one sister, was left with "horrific" wounds while he walked to his flat after a night out celebrating his birthday with friends.

No money was taken during the attack and Tom's mobile phone, credit card and bus pass were still on him in what detectives are treating as a motiveless killing.

Today Tom's brother, Adam, 42, said he could not understand why anyone would want to hurt him.

"He was just a really nice, decent, pleasant guy - no one had a bad word to say about him," he said.

"It wasn't a robbery as nothing was taken from him and there was no sign of a scuffle and his clothes were not torn.

There's a madman out there who has killed my brother and we have to stop him before he does it again to someone else."

In the hours before his death, Tom, a politics graduate who would have been 28 yesterday, had been at two local pubs with friends.

He had then gone to a friend's house before leaving at about 3am on Saturday for the flat he shared with his brother Jon, 38. While walking back he was attacked and stabbed in the chest and the back.

A passing minicab driver alerted police and Tom was found slumped on the pavement in a quiet street 150 yards from his flat in Southgate. Paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Adam, a Sky News producer, said he had been called in to identify the body and added: "Until I saw Tom I kept on thinking it must have been a horrible mistake and they had got him confused with someone else."

Paying tribute to Tom, who had been at the BBC for a year, Adam said: "He loved cricket and he had a deep interest in politics and the media. He was about to move into a flat in West Hampstead and he had everything to live for. It's left us devastated."

The rest of Tom's family were too distraught to speak but in a statement they said: "It is impossible for us to understand why this has happened to such a decent, pleasant and caring man. …

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