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Second woman, 23, dies after horror O2 Brixton Academy ‘crush’ at Asake gig

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    A second woman has tragically died after being crushed during a gig at O2 Brixton Academy.

    Gabrielle Hutchinson, aged 23, died in hospital in the early hours of Monday, 19 December following a terrifying incident during last week's Asake concert.

    The awful news follows the confirmation of 33-year-old Rebecca Ikumelo's death on Saturday, two days after the event in south east London on Thursday night

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    Gabrielle was working as one of the contracted security providers that evening for a performance from Nigerian Afrobeats star, Asaka.

    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 Gabrielle’s family at this unimaginably difficult time.”

    Following the news of Rebecca Ikumelo's death over the weekend, her heartbroken family issued a statement paying tribute to her and what she achieved.

    They said: "Rebecca was a graduate of nursing. She was an adorable mother of two children who loved working with kids.

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    "She was well respected in the family for her care, kindness and love.

    "Her parents call her Tosin (short for Oluwatosin) meaning 'Lord is Worthy'."

    According to the Met detectives from Specialist Crime Command are working hard to establish exactly what happened in what is proving to be a "large and complex" investigation.

    Officers are reviewing CCTV, phone footage, speaking to witnesses and conducting forensic examinations to establish whether any criminal offences were committed, the force said.

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    The police cordons outside one of London's most iconic music venues have been removed, but areas remain taped off inside, the Met added.

    Rebecca Ikumelo, Gabrielle Hutchinson and another woman still in a critical condition, were all in the foyer of the building, the police statement continued.

    Images of the incident circulated widely online, and showed large crowds in a confined area at the front of the famous music venue.

    The venue announcement is understood to have said: "The reason we have to stop the show is because they have breached the doors.

    "You've got 3,000 people that have broken the doors outside and because of security the police have asked us to close the show."

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