Teen, 18, stabbed to death in front of kids as teacher tried to save him


TRIBUTES have been paid to a “caring and loved” teenager who was stabbed to death on a football pitch.

Afghan refugee Hazrat Wali, 18, was attacked during a fight in Craneford Way, Twickenham, South West London, in broad daylight yesterday afternoon.

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Afghan refugee Hazrat Wali was stabbed to death in Twickenham
Forensic officers remain at the scene in Twickenham

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Forensic officers remain at the scene in TwickenhamCredit: Paul Edwards

The teenager, who was a student at Richmond Upon Thames College, had arrived in the UK two years ago for a better life.

A relative living in Stanmore told the Evening Standard: “Hazrat was a very good boy.

“He came here to study, he was living all on his own in London. His immediate family are all back in Afghanistan.

“I saw him in hospital. He had a fight is all that I’ve heard.”

His close friend Sahil Kochay said: “He was a very good person. Very caring and loved everyone.

“He didn’t hold any hate towards anybody. He used to stand up for everyone. I wish I knew why someone would hurt him. He wasn’t the kind of guy to fight.”

Mr Wali was reportedly stabbed in the middle of a sports field in front of schoolchildren, whose teacher ran over to try to help the teen.

The hero teacher from Richmond Upon Thames School, reportedly shielded his pupils who had been playing rugby from the horror before trying to perform CPR.

One mum, whose 13-year-old son had been playing rugby said: “The boys were arguing for a while.

“The teacher began filming and moved the younger kids away from them. The older boys kept on walking to the footbridge where the row carried on.

“The teacher went over, the boys scarpered and the poor boy dropped to the floor. He was the first to realise he had been stabbed.

“The teacher did an amazing job, to film them and then go over there and try to help and call emergency services.

“My son is now petrified of knives but he is level-headed and ok. He said it was quite far away but he did see the boy drop to the floor.

“I saw the boy he was lying on the floor and was covered with another boys jacket.

The teacher was performing CPR on him, he was in rugby kit and there were lots of other boys around

Witness

“The teacher was performing CPR on him, he was in rugby kit and there were lots of other boys around. 

“There were a few girls who were sat down on the side of the grass who were in tears and must have known the boy, they looked devastated.”

Dr Jason Jones, Principal of Richmond upon Thames College, where Mr Wali attended said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our students, parents, staff and local community.

“Safety remains our number one priority and we will continue to do all we can to keep our students safe at college.

“To that end, we have enhanced security and surveillance at our entrances following yesterday’s incident and are continuing to work in full co-operation with the Metropolitan police, who are handling the matter”.

A spokesman from Richmond Upon Thames School added that they were “shocked” to hear about the incident close by.

He was rushed to a London hospital by London Ambulance Service but was pronounced dead at 5.54pm.

Officers have urged anyone who filmed the horrific attack to not share it on social media.

TRAGIC INCIDENT

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall said: “The incident occurred in a playing field area and was witnessed by a number of people.

“Some of those people are believed to have filmed events as they unfolded; I ask that any videos are not shared via social media to avoid causing the young man’s family any more distress at this already incredibly difficult time for them.

“Instead, please go to the police immediately. A number of people have spoken to us, but we need to hear from anyone who has information that could help.

“We’re working to establish the motive behind this tragic incident and following a number of leads. If you believe you can help us, then please make contact.”

Chief Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple added: “Our thoughts are with the young victim and his family at this awful time.

“No young person should lose their life in London and we will do all we can to support out colleagues with their investigation.

“Local residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area.

“If anyone has any concerns, or information that could help, I encourage them to contact those officers and tell us what they know.”

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has footage is asked to call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 5697/12OCT.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

So far in the capital this year there have been 61 fatal stabbings, with 23 teenagers being knifed to death.

A teen was fatally stabbed in Twickenham, South West London

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A teen was fatally stabbed in Twickenham, South West LondonCredit: UkNewsinPictures
Officers have urged anyone who captured the attack on film not to post it online

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Officers have urged anyone who captured the attack on film not to post it onlineCredit: Paul Edwards
Floral tributes have been left for the teenager

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Floral tributes have been left for the teenagerCredit: PA
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Cops were scrambled to the pitch where the teen was found with fatal knife woundsCredit: Paul Edwards
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