Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a Kingston College student with a “heart of gold” was stabbed to death near a nature reserve.
Jamil Palmer, 18, from Hampton, died from his injuries on Tuesday after emergency services were called to Evans Grove in Feltham at 3.30pm near Crane's Park.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate him but he died after being airlifted to a hospital.
An 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of murder last night and are in custody.
A statement from his course tutors said: “Jamil was a highly capable student who had a merit profile in his assignments to date.
"He was working hard to address some issues around attendance and punctuality, but was overall making good progress.
“He was fun loving, had a great sense of humour and a heart of gold. Jamil always wanted to better himself and was determined not to let anything jeopardise his progress at college and his progression onto university.”
Mr Palmer joined Kingston College in September 2013 and was studying for a Level 3 BTEC diploma in Business Studies and hoped to go to university after completing his course in 2015.
A statement from Kingston College said: “Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family and friends of Jamil Palmer who has been the victim of a terrible crime.
“We are currently supporting students and staff who are distressed at the tragic loss of one of our community and will do all we can to help the police with their investigation."
Mr Palmer was also a former pupil of Richmond College and Teddington School according to his Facebook page.
Police have also appealed to anyone who was in the Feltham area at the time of the attack to get in touch.
Call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information.