A former resident of Hanwell was killed in South Africa after armed raiders broke into a house on New Year's Eve.
Artist Clinton de Menezes, 43, was trying to protect his wife, seven-year-old daughter and friends when he was shot and killed at a friend's house in Westville, just outside of Durban.
Mr de Menezes had lived in the London borough of Ealing for a number of years and an art installation which he made for the Clocktower Cafe in Hanwell was unveiled by the Mayor of Ealing in July of last year. He also had works on display at galleries as far afield as New York.
He had emigrated to Kenya in September last year with his family, and they were visiting long-time friends in South Africa when tragedy struck on December 31. It was just days after Mr Menezes and his wife Nicola had celebrated their first wedding anniversary.
South Africa's Daily News website reported how Mr Menezes had 'died a hero' after going to the aid of his friend Simon Malpas who was trying to prevent robbers from entering his home.
Mr de Menezes' funeral will be held in South Africa on Tuesday January 7 and a vigil will be held at the Clocktower Cafe in Hanwell tonight.
Seven suspects were arrested after the raid and were due before magistrates last week.