FOLAJIMI Olubunmi-Adewole has been hailed as a hero after dying in London at the weekend.
His heartbroken family said he had a “very good heart” and always wanted to help other people.
Who was Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole?
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, 20, was a former student at the Harris Academy in Peckham, South East London.
The young man, also known as Jimi, lived with his family in Bermondsey, South London.
He worked at fine dining restaurant The Cinnamon Club in Westminster.
Mr Olubunmi-Adewole was also linked to the charity Malcolm’s World Foundation – which was set up by the parents of Malcolm Mide-Madariola, a 17-year-old pupil at the school who was murdered in 2018.
What happened to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole?
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole was one of two men who jumped into the River Thames to save a woman who fell from London Bridge around midnight on Saturday.
While emergency services managed to rescue the woman and the other man, Mr Olubunmi-Adewole did not survive.
His body was tragically found six hours later on Saturday morning, City of London Police confirmed.
His dad, Michael Adewola, 63 and his mum, Olasunkanmi Adewole, 54, were devastated by the news, but were proud their son died trying to save another person’s life.
Mr Adewola told The Sun: “Jimi was a very nice, kind young man, he was the heart of our family.
“He was full of life, he had his life to live, he was ambitious and he was so gifted.
“He was a precious boy, and so respectful and pure-hearted. Sometimes I don’t know how these boys are like this together, he was just something else.”
Describing what happened, his dad said: “Him and his friend were coming from work together, and they called the police, and saw what was happening. They wanted to help and tried to speak to her but wanted to leave it to the police.
“He is a hero, and always will be, I can’t bring him back but I want him to be remembered forever for what he did, it was just like him to want to always try and help others.”
One of his friends, Joseph Sowole, 20, said that he “wasn’t even slightly surprised” to hear about his actions in trying to save the woman.
He said: “He was just that kind of person, always trying to help the next person.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described Mr Olubunmi-Adewole as “the best of us”.
He tweeted: “A true hero of our city who gave his life trying to save another. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time of tragic loss.”
Who was Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole trying to save?
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole was trying to save a woman who fell from London Bridge into the River Thames.
He did not know the woman, but saw her falling into the river just after midnight on Saturday as he was going home after work.