Hainault sword attack: Fundraiser raises more than £110,000 for family of murdered schoolboy Daniel Anjorin

More than £110,000 has been raised for the family of schoolboy Daniel Anjorin, who was knifed to death in a sword rampage in east London.

Daniel, 14, was killed in the shocking attack in Hainault on Tuesday morning as he made his way to Bancroft’s School in Woodford Green.

Kwasi Asare, a friend of Daniel’s brother, launched a Gofundme page for the teenager’s grief-stricken family.

“Daniel Anjorin was a very loved boy in the local community who was always full of happiness and joy and very much loved by everybody he came across,” wrote Mr Asare.

“On the 30th April, 2024, as he was going to school he was ruthlessly attacked and unfortunately passed from the injuries he sustained.

“He was only in Year 9 and was a loved student at Bancroft’s in Woodford. He meant so much to a lot of people and will be dearly missed.

“I would like to raise money for his family on behalf of his family as his brother is one of my close friends to help them with the costs of everything so please donate whatever you can donate.”

Members of the community looking at floral tributes in Hainault, north east London (PA Wire)
Members of the community looking at floral tributes in Hainault, north east London (PA Wire)

The page, launched on Wednesday night, had raised more than £110,000 by 10pm on Friday.

More than 6,000 people have donated so far, with one writing: “I am so sorry this happened to you Daniel. Rest in the heavens beautiful boy.”

Ashish Patel wrote: “This is deeply distressing and we pray for all friends and family affected. A young man with a bright future needlessly taken.”

Rakhi Oyewole wrote: “This senseless loss of Daniel and his future breaks our hearts.”

Daniel was a beloved pupil at £23,000-a-year private school Bancroft’s - the same school Nottingham attack victim Grace O’Malley-Kumar attended before university.

The school said Daniel was a "true scholar" with a "positive nature and gentle character".

Lisa McDonald, head of Woodford Green Preparatory, a feeder to Bancroft’s wrote to parents on Wednesday with a “heavy heart and profound sadness” announcing the Year 9 pupil’s death.

A message on flowers at the scene at the scene in Hainault (Samuel Montgomery/PA Wire)
A message on flowers at the scene at the scene in Hainault (Samuel Montgomery/PA Wire)

She said the news of his death came as “a devastating blow to his family, friends and the entire school community”.

“It is difficult to comprehend such a tragic loss, especially so soon after the heartbreaking incident involving Grace O’Malley-Kumar, whose memory we continue to honour,” she said.

“Our thoughts and prayers extend to the family, friends, and everyone touched by his presence at Bancroft’s and, [at] this time of immense grief, we stand together in solidarity and support.”

It emerged on Thursday that Daniel’s father, Dr Ebenezer Anjorin, works for Transport for London, where he is a health and safety expert.

Andy Lord, London’s transport commissioner, said: “We are devastated that one of our colleagues, and their family, are grieving the appalling loss of their son after the horrific attack in Hainault.

“We are working with the Metropolitan Police to provide every assistance and whatever support we can to our colleague and their family in such tragic circumstances.”

Marcus Aurelio Arduini Monzo, 36, appeared in court on Thursday charged with murdering Daniel as he made his way to school on Tuesday morning.

The dual Spanish-Brazilian national, of Newham, has also been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of grievous bodily harm, aggravated burglary and possession of a bladed article, the Metropolitan Police said.Four people, including two police officers, were left injured during the alleged attack.

A female police officer who received "horrifically serious" arm injuries was among those hurt.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, said that she was facing "a long journey of recovery" after nearly losing her hand. A male officer also received serious hand wounds.

The Met Police has revealed details of the chronology of Tuesday’s shocking attack.

A 33-year-old man was struck when the suspect crashed his van into a property in Laing Close, said the Met. He was then attacked by the suspect and suffered a wound to his neck.

The suspect then attacked a 35-year-old man inside a nearby property, said police. The man suffered lacerations to his arm.

The suspect is said to have then gone on to attack Daniel, who tragically died from his injuries.

Daniel's family and friends described him as "such a good person" who had a "great future ahead".

A friend of Daniel’s told the Standard that he was a keen footballer and Arsenal fan.

Cyan Thompson, 19, said: "I can't believe he has gone. He was such a good person with great manners. He was so caring.

"He loved football and was like a mini Messi when he was younger. He also loved Arsenal.

"He was so bright with a great future ahead; very good at solving maths problems. We are heartbroken."

Visit the Gofundme page here.