26-year-old Abraham who was given a police bravery award as a teenager for saving a woman from a sex attack, was gunned down in the street in Dalston, Hackney, just after 11pm on Sunday.
He was pronounced dead a short time later. His mother, who had rushed to his side, was seen by witnesses collapsed in tears on the pavement.
“A few years ago a girl was raped on the estate and Abraham fought them off. He went to court to testify against them and the police gave him an award.”
Friends paid tribute to Mr Badru as a “bubbly and outgoing” young man who was “making a life for himself.” They said he had a fiancee in Nigeria and had volunteered with the Team Nigeria UK football coaching charity, and had been due to coach at an open trial in Charlton today.
Badru had been to church earlier that day and was getting out of his car when he was shot. There have been no arrests. He was London’s 10th murder victim in 12 days.