O2 crush victim’s partner demands justice after concert’s death

The partner of one of those who died after the O2 Academy crush Brixton demanded justice for the victims of the disaster, saying “someone needs to be held accountable for what happened”.

he fell in love when fans without tickets tried to get in to a performance by Nigerian artist Asake at the south London venue on December 15.

Phoebie Turley, 25, an associate of 23-year-old Gaby Hutchinson – who died on December 19 from injuries they sustained while working as a guard dog handler at a concert, told the PA news agency. that people need to be held accountable.

Ms Turley said: “Things like this should never have happened. “Every action has a reaction and this consequence comes from people arriving without a ticket or trying to kick through the door. For what? What purpose does that serve? Because now you have killed innocent people.

Gaby became the second victim of the disaster after mother-of-two Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, died on December 17. The third victim remains in critical condition.

“They don’t deserve this,” Ms Turley said. “Justice needs to be done and someone needs to be held accountable for what happened. Not just for Gaby, but for Rebecca as well.”

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Phoebie Turley has been dating Gaby Hutchinson for three years after meeting through mutual friends.

The couple, both from Gravesend, have been dating for more than three years after meeting through mutual friends. Ms Turley paid tribute to her life partner and said they were the best person she had ever known.

“They’re just a good person,” Ms Turley said. “Gaby would really do anything for anyone when he dropped his hat. They don’t care who you are, Gaby will give you their shirt if someone else needs it. And they’ve been like that throughout our entire relationship. They did everything for me from the moment we met.”

On the night of the tragedy, Gaby was working at a concert with her guard dog Coco, a three-year-old German shepherd. This is their first time working at the music venue.

Ms Turley said she realized something was wrong when her partner stopped replying to her texts.

“The last thing they said to me was, ‘I’ll wake you up when I get home’. And I always had a hunch that something was wrong,” Ms Turley told PA.

“Usually they still answer here and there when there’s five minutes, I don’t hear anything. Then I got a phone call from a number I don’t know. It was their manager who said ‘You need to go to St Thomas’ hospital’ and I was like ‘What happened?’

“No one was really aware of the situation at the time. Apparently he was given very little information because he was not present at the event. And then we all got to St Thomas’s as fast as we could.”

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Gaby died of their wounds four days later.

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Gaby Hutchinson is working at the concert as a guard dog handler with their three-year-old German Shephard, Coco.

Ms Turley said: “I had to constantly remind people that Gaby wasn’t there at the concert. “They didn’t come to cause trouble. They go there precisely to do their job and keep everyone safe. And that’s the only thing that gives me consolation is that they saved some people that night whether they lost their lives or not.

“They saved others in the process. And their dog.”

Ms. Turley and a family friend have set up two crowdfunding sites to help pay for funeral expenses.

“Obviously we were young so we didn’t have a lot of money,” explained Ms. Turley. “We don’t have life insurance and stuff because obviously this never happened on our books. And they deserve the best farewell Gabs can get.”

More than £5,000 has been donated to date.

Ms Turley said: “People have been very generous. “There was a security company that was really generous with giving away £1,000. I think this has affected a lot of people in that field.

“Because they all know Gaby and they know how passionate Gaby is about Coco and their work. It’s not just a job for them, it’s their whole life.”

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The night of the concert tragedy was Gaby Hutchinson’s first time working at a music venue in south London.

The money raised will also be used to maintain Coco and Gaby’s other dog, Flint, a three-year-old Labrador who specializes in drug detection.

Ms Turley said: “Flint is too good a dog not to do his job anymore. “So I agreed that after the funeral and when I return to a more stable routine, I will return Flint to the company.”

However, Gaby’s owner allowed the family and Miss Turley to keep Coco.

“She has been through a lot. She’s been traumatized, and she needs a lot of work.

“Me and Gaby’s family are both taking care of her. Gaby’s boss gave Coco to me and my family to make it a little easier for us because Coco is the last thing we have of Gaby now.”

You can find a link to Gaby Hutchinson’s GoFundMe page here:

A link to Gaby Hutchinson’s JustGiving page can be found here:

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