Jul 8, 2010, 1:34 PM
The Gambian community in the
Commonly known as Jaw Fara, the deceased had worked in the security industry in
Mr Jaw was last seen around Woolwich in the London Borough of Greenwich, where he was working very hard. During that day, he suddenly started to crack jokes, as usual, and introduced this correspondent to some of his friends and colleagues, where we spent time talking.
But the call from the Metropolitan Police, highly commended for their diligence and quick response, in identifying Mr Jaw's body through his immediate contacts a bitter shock, and totally broke the hearts of many people.
As a person who was interested in current and international affairs, Mr Jaw always loved to speak with people from all walks of life, and always enjoyed debates and discussions.
Fondly called 'the gentle giant' by this correspondent, Mr Jaw was tall, physically-built and looked absolutely healthy. He was also friendly to many West African nationals in
One of his friends, an Afghani businessman, where the deceased used to do his shopping in 2004, always called him ‘Ibrahim’; and regularly commended him for his 'easy-going' attitude.
In a message to this correspondent, Sulayman Bah, the President of the Gambia United Society (UK), said he knew the deceased in his area, and added that Mr Jaw was also a 'family friend'. Mr Bah added that since the news broke, his family was equally devastated.
Before coming to the
A Londoner who knew the deceased very well told The Point: "Despite anything, he was a very nice guy; he loved life and had no quarrel with anyone... Also I never witnessed him having any ill-intention against anybody or trying to misrepresent anyone at any time... He was so nice."
Meanwhile, the Gambians in the