A shop owner who died following a robbery in Pinner has been identified as 54-year-old Ravi Katharkamar.
Formal identification took place by Ravi's next of kin following a post-mortem examination today (Monday, 25 March) at Northwick Park Mortuary. The cause of death was confirmed as a stab wound to the chest.
A murder investigation was launched after police were called to a newsagent in Marsh Road, Pinner at approximately 06:00hrs on Sunday, 24 March.
A passerby had found Ravi collapsed inside the shop suffering from stab injuries.
London Ambulance Service also attended but Ravi was pronounced dead at the scene at 06:46hrs.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe from the Homicide and Major Crime Command leads the investigation. He said:
'This was a vicious and unwarranted attack on a completely innocent man. Ravi's attacker got away with a few pounds worth of coins, but he leaves behind a family utterly devastated and a close-knit community asking who could do such a thing.
"Help me catch the man who did this. The attacker fled with a shop till - have you found this discarded or seen someone in possession of a shop till who wouldn't normally have one? Do you know someone trying to use lots of loose change since yesterday morning?
"I am also keen to hear from anyone who has information about a black Vauxhall Astra that the attacker used to flee the scene.
"This was parked in Cecil Park prior to the murder and was drive off at speed, south down Cecil Park immediately after the attack. If you saw this car, or have seen a black Vauxhall Astra abandoned, please contact my team."
Officers remain in the area and are available should residents have concerns or information they wish to pass on.
Anyone with information can also contact the incident room number on 0208 358 0200, via 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD1653/24Mar.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.