A 15-year-old schoolboy was killed as he cycled to a shop to collect a birthday cake for his 16th birthday party the following day.
Nahid Islam, who was studying for his GCSEs at Regent High School, was hit by a motorcycle on Saturday while cycling close to a zebra crossing in Belsize Park, north London.
Paramedics were called and tried to save the teenager at the roadside but he was sadly pronounced dead from multiple injuries at 2.40pm.
Dozens of friends gathered for a vigil near the junction where he died and there is now a sea of flowers, candles and birthday balloons.
His heartbroken family members told the London Evening Standard that the teenager had been rushing to meet up with his mother so he could help bring home the cake for his birthday party the following day.
Nahid’s father, Mohammed Fokrul Islam, 50, proudly said his son had memorised the Quran and said he “would never forget” him.
His older brother, Sunny Rahman, said: “He was the best little brother, he was loved by everyone.
“No one would had a bad word to say about him never once saw him angry in his entire life.”
Other relatives of the teenager said his mother fainted after seeing her son lying in the middle of the road.
His cousin, Lupa Kazi, 19, said: “She fainted. She’s not eating or anything, she’s in such a state.
“He was a mummy’s boy. He was someone you could rely on – he always put other people before himself.
“All his school friends came down and were crying and saying ‘We can’t imagine history lessons without him.’”
A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 2.40pm to Malden Road, with the junction of Queen’s Crescent, NW5, following a road traffic collision between a motorcycle and a cyclist.
“The cyclist – a male aged 15 – was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The motorcyclist stopped at the scene, he was not injured. At this stage there are no arrests.
“Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed the collision, or the events leading up to the collision, to contact police.
“In particular, officers are keen to trace a white Vauxhall Mokka which stopped at a pedestrian crossing just in front of where the collision occurred. This car was not involved in the collision but the occupants may have seen what happened.”
Anyone with information is being urged to contact DC Charlie Pulling on 020 8991 9555.