A teenager stabbed to death in Twickenham, south-west London, has been named as an Afghan who came to the UK as a lone child refugee.
Hazrat Wali, 18, of Notting Hill, west London, died in hospital after a fatal attack on a playground at Cranford Way in Twickenham on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said.
Officers are examining CCTV and the force said eyewitnesses reported they had witnessed a fight on the field in the moments before they were stabbed.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, Specialist Crime Command, said: “We are still working to establish the motive behind this tragic attack and are following several leads.
“The authorities have recovered CCTV from the area and spoke to several witnesses who described seeing the fight in the moments before Hazrat was attacked.
“We know a lot of people were on the field at the time and I would urge anyone who hasn’t spoken to the police yet, contact us immediately.”
Wali was attacked around 4.45 pm on Tuesday and died in the hospital about an hour later.
His family has been informed and he is being supported by specially trained officers, Mausam said. No arrests have been made.
A relative of the Stanmore teenager told evening standard He had come to Britain alone as a refugee two years ago, leaving his family in Afghanistan.
His friend Sahil Kochay said: “He was a very nice person. Very caring and loved by all. He had no hatred towards anyone.
“He used to stand up for everyone. I wish I knew why someone would hurt her. He was not the kind of man to fight. “
A confrontation between the victim and the suspects followed an attack on a footbridge, just a few yards from Richmond upon Thames College, which confirmed Wednesday that the victim was one of its students.
College Principal Dr Jason Jones said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends at this difficult time.
“This loss is sure to raise many feelings, concerns and questions for our students, parents, staff and the local community.”
Twickenham MP Munira Wilson offered her “deepest condolences” to Wali’s family, adding: “Police are pursuing a prime suspect who is still on the run and forensic searches are ongoing at the crime scene.
“The area and access to the railway bridge through Twickenham Rough is closed and will be sealed for at least the next 48 hours.
“Police have increased patrolling in the area and will continue to do so for the next few days. I have urged him to continue doing so after this week as well. The security team of the college is also doing more intensive patrolling in the area.
“I will reiterate my call to the Mayor of London and the Home Office to increase local police numbers.”
Additional reporting by PA Media.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /