The man accused of murdering Sahil Roy in Isleworth is due to stand trial at the Old Bailey this summer should he deny the charge.
Azeem Issa appeared at the court on Friday (April 15) morning charged with Mr Roy's murder.
The 28-year-old, of Haweswater House, in Summerwood Road, Isleworth, was remanded in custody until July 1, when he is due to enter his plea. His trial was fixed for August 25 should he deny the charge.
Sahil Roy was stabbed to death on the Ivybridge estate , in Summerwood Road, Isleworth, on Sunday (April 10). A post-mortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the throat.
Friends have paid tribute, describing him as a "friendly giant" , and a shrine has been created on the estate in his memory.
Concerns following yet another stabbing
His death was one of three stabbings in the borough in less than two weeks.
A 52-year-old man was stabbed on the estate, near Asda, on Friday April 1, while on Wednesday (April 13), a man in his 20s was rushed to hospital after being found stabbed in Bedfont , though he has since been discharged.
Police have said they plan to ramp up the use of stop-and-search to address public concerns about knife crime.
A meeting was held on the Ivybridge estate on Thursday (April 14) evening to address community concerns in the wake of Mr Roy's death.
Faulty CCTV cameras and the need for more night-time patrols by police or wardens were among the issues raised on a night fraught with emotion.
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation into Mr Roy's death is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4005 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.