Friends and family of popular teenager Danny Fernandes who died suddenly have flooded Harrow Weald with flowers and heartfelt messages.
The corner of Long Elmes and High Road has become a shrine to 19-year-old Danny Fernandes, who died after being hit by a train at Headstone Lane station on Sunday.
Hundreds came to the site, just yards from his Long Elmes home, to pay tribute to the former Hatch End High pupil. Many lit candles or left gifts.
Mum Patricia Fernandes, spoke to the Observer about Danny through her tears.
She said: "Danny was very loving and very affectionate and in many ways I think he thought he could rid the world of all its pain.
"But obviously it all got too much for him.
"When I first heard I just wanted to follow him and be with him, but the number of people that have spoken so kindly about Danny has helped me keep it together.
"So many kids have come up to me and told me how Danny helped them through a tough time or how he spent hours talking to them about how best to deal with their problems.
"I have never even seen most of these people, so it’s comforting to know he did all he could for people without seeking recognition.
"Ultimately however I think he spread himself a bit thin."
Networking sites like Facebook have been inundated with tributes to Danny and his mum adds that flocks of teens have turned up to her house to share their memories of the Uxbridge College student.
She added: "Everyone has such vivid memories of Danny and it’s clear that he has touched a lot of people’s lives.
"For me I will always remember his eyes and his cheeky grin. Or the day he came home with a dog that his owners no longer wanted and told me his dad said it was okay for us to keep him.
"Eventually we worked out that he had told my husband that I had said it was okay, but by then it was too late because we had become so attached to him.
"That was typical of Danny though.
"He would always try and do what he could for anybody or anything in need."
Danny was hit by a freight train just after 2am on Saturday morning. Patricia said she thinks he never really came to terms with the death of his grandmother in 2001.
She said: "When she died he took it really badly. They were incredibly close and he was inconsolable.
"Since then he has just taken on too much. Since his death I have found out that he regularly checked up on neighbours after one of them died to see if they needed help. I just didn’t realise he was taking on so much.
"On the face of it he was a happy-go-lucky kid, but clearly he had been bottling too much up for too long.
"The last time I saw him his little eight-month-old nephew, Jack, just kept crying for him. He didn’t seem to want to let him go, as if he knew something was wrong.
"I remember how he once tried to save enough money to buy himself and Jack matching jackets, but he came home with the smaller one because he couldn’t afford both.
"He always said he would look over Jack, and I believe he still will."