Man injured in fight downtown dies, second man arrested: London police | London Free Press

Man injured in fight downtown dies, second man arrested: London police

The sister of a London man who died five days after getting into a fight downtown with another man described her sibling as her “mentor in life.”

Two strangers began fighting downtown on Thursday, March 28 at about 1:20 a.m. when one was injured and taken to hospital by paramedics, London police said Thursday.

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The injured man, identified as Malik Edwards, 21, of London died in hospital on Tuesday, police said.

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A London man has been arrested, police said.

Police haven’t released the name of the man taken into custody or said whether he faces any charges. The case hasn’t been ruled a homicide.

The fight occurred downtown, police said, but they didn’t say where.

Friends and family of Edwards posted messages of condolences on social media, where he was remembered for his ability to light up a room and for always encouraging people to chase their dreams.

Edwards’s older sister Tatyana Alijaj said her brother had “an adventurous soul” and succeeded at everything he did.

“There is no one in this entire world that knows me better than you. There is no one in this world who can relate to the things we went through because we only had each other,” she wrote on Instagram.

“The strength, determination, and bravery you carry with you will always be admirable, your heart was pure, made of solid gold. Your love for life, for people, for the little things was always beautiful.”

A large group gathered Wednesday at a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park to honour Edwards. Mourners lined the bandshell with photos of Edwards and candles.

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“Your soul was adventurous. You are the only person I know that found a hobby in everything and succeeded every time, there wasn’t anything that you were bad at; at times it made me jealous,” Alijaj wrote.

“I will forever and ever miss that handsome face, the beautiful smile, and those eyelashes of yours, I miss my pretty boy. You are truly and always will be one-of-a-kind, no one in this lifetime will compare to you.”

Isabella Carson said she grew up with Edwards and his sister in east London, where they attended F.D. Roosevelt elementary school, now known as Forest City elementary school.

“We used to go play at the park together and we went to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club . . . every Thursday,” Carson said in an exchange on Facebook with The Free Press.

Carson described Edwards as “an amazing person” who always made people smile.

Ethan Caskey Silva wrote on Facebook: “You were the realist, kindest soul I have ever met. Your energy would light up a room, and not leave a single person frowning.”

An online fundraiser to cover Edwards’s funeral expenses had raised more than $21,000 by Thursday.

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