A teenage boy had defended a girl from a group of boys half an hour before he was stabbed to death near Regent’s Park, it was claimed today.
The 17-year-old victim, named by family members as Youssef Karim Hasan Al-Bayjani, was attacked by a gang at 2pm on busy Edgware Road yesterday lunchtime.
The killing is the 105th of the year in London, and he is the seventh person to be murdered in London in just nine days.
Sixth form student Mr Hasan Al-Bayjani, who was studying business at the City of Westminster College was found on the street suffering with stab injuries.
A photograph taken in the aftermath of the attack showed the victim being treated at the scene.
CCTV from a KFC diner showed a fight outside as shocked customers queued for their lunch. The victim was taken to hospital where he died five-and-a-half hours later.
A photograph taken in the aftermath of the attack showed the victim being treated at the scene
A friend who left flowers at the scene said: ‘He had a really good heart.
‘On the day some boys were trying to mess with me, he stopped them and that was just about half an hour before it happened.
‘We’re just praying that this has to stop.
‘No-one can really grieve because you just have to pretend it hasn’t happened.’
A relative, who also asked not to be named, said: ‘He was studying business and wanted to go to uni.
‘He’s an angel and he’s in heaven now, a better place than here.’
Police officers pictured on the scene this evening – which has been closed off following the killing
CCTV from a KFC diner showed a fight outside as shocked customers queued for their lunch
The Evening Standard reports that the boy’s family visited the scene this morning, and revealed the teenager’s dying words were ‘Oh God’ in Arabic.
He had a brother and sister and lived nearby with his Kurdish mother.
A witness who saw the attack from Domino’s Pizza next door told the Standard that the teenage victim’s brother lay over him to try to protect him as he lay bleeding.
He said: ‘It just looked like a fight at first, but then I saw they had knives. His brother was shouting telling people to get away.
He was shouting ‘Get off, get off, he’s my brother’ and then the paramedics were there very quickly.’
Forensic officers were pictured on the scene this evening after a 17-year-old was stabbed to death earlier in the day
A police cordon is still in place outside a row of shops where the attack took place.
Mourners, some weeping at the edge of the police cordon, left flowers.
Witnesses said a group of around 40 people, many thought to be students from a nearby college, gathered as paramedics tried to save the boy.
A market trader, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I saw him on the floor and the ambulance came.
‘There were a lot of people around, students from the college.
‘I saw him move twice, but after that he didn’t move again.’
DCI Andy Partridge, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘This awful attack took place in broad daylight in a busy part of central London.
‘A teenager with his whole life ahead of him has been taken away from his family who have been left heartbroken.
‘We know that lots of people were in the area at the time and may well have seen what unfolded.
‘We need them to do the right thing and get in touch right away with what they saw along with any images or moving footage captured before, during or after the attack.’
LONDON’S MURDERS IN 2019
Where the 105 murders in the capital so far this year have been committed
- Jan 1: Charlotte Huggins, 32, Camberwell
- Jan 1: Tudor Simionov, 33, Mayfair
- Jan 4: Simbiso Aretha Moula, 39, Rainham
- Jan 6: Sarah Ashraf, 35, Isle of Dogs
- Jan 7: Jayden Moody, 14, Waltham Forest
- Jan 11: Asma Begum, 31, Canning Town
- Jan 27: Kamil Malysz, 34, Acton
- Jan 29: Nedim Bilgin, 17, Islington
- Feb 4: Carl Thorpe, 46, Highgate
- Feb 5: Lejean Richards, 19, Battersea
- Feb 10: Dennis Anderson, 39, East Dulwich
- Feb 18: Bright Akinlele, 22, Camden
- Feb 19: Brian Wieland, 69, Chingford
- Feb 21: Glendon Spence, 23, Brixton
- Feb 22: Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, Wood Green
- Feb 25: David Lopez-Fernandez, 38, Tower Hamlets
- Feb 26: Che Morrison, 20, Ilford
- Mar 1: Jodie Chesney, 17, Harold Hill
- Mar 2: Elize Linda Stevens, 50, Hendon
- Mar 2: Jolia Bogdan, 3 months, Croydon
- Mar 3: Mohamed Elmi, 37
- Mar 6: Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, Kew
- Mar 6: David Martinez, 26, Leyton
- Mar 7: Antoinette Donnegan, 52, Battersea
- Mar 7: Ayub Hassan, 17, West Kensington
- Mar 10: Florin Pitic, 20, Queensbury
- Mar 16: Nathaniel Armstrong, 29, Fulham
- Mar 22: Abdirashid Mohamoud, 17, Isleworth
- Mar 24: Ravi Katharkamar, 54, Pinner
- Mar 27: Ramane Richard Wiggan, 25, West Norwood
- Mar 28: Zahir Visiter, 25, Regents Park
- Mar 29: Gavin Garraway, 40, Clapham
- Apr 1: Calvin Bungisa, 22, Kentish Town
- Apr 2: Hubert Hall, 60, Walthamstow
- Apr 7: Annabelle Lancaster, 22, Enfield
- Apr 8: Noore Bashir Salad, 22, Manor Park
- Apr 16: Gopinath Kasivisuwanathan, 27, Wembley
- Apr 17: Steven Brown, 47, Stoke Newington
- Apr 23: Meshak Williams, 21, Harlesden
- Apr 26: Mihrican Mustafa, 38, Canning Town
- Apr 26: Henriett Szucs, 34, Canning Town
- Apr 26: Amy Parsons, 35, Whitechapel
- Apr 26: Joshua White, 29, Hackney
- May 1: Tashaun Aird, 15, Hackney
- May 5: Constantin Sin, 51, Leytonstone
- May 5: McCaulay Urugbezi-Edwards, 18, Southwark
- May 16: Barrington Davis, 54, Lewisham
- May 23: Vladimir Koudriavtsev, 69, Kensington
- May 23: Tatiana Koudriavtsev, 68, Kensington
- May 25: Iderval da Silva, 46, Battersea
- May 26: Alimal Islam, 23, Tower Hamlets
- May 28: Ismail Ceesay, 33, Forest Gate
- May 30: Steven Kennedy, 61, Plaistow Park
- May 30: Graham Howe, 53, Harrow
- Jun 1: Baris Kucuk, 33, Haringey
- Jun 4: Adrian Murphy, 43, Battersea
- Jun 14: Cheyon Evans, 18, Wandsworth
- June 14: Eniola Aluko, 19, Plumstead
- June 15: Gleb Stanislavovitch Zhebrovsky, 34, Tower Hamlets
- June 15: Giedrius Juskauskas, 42, Stratford
- Jun 16: Stepan Suslyk, 40, Notting Hill
- June 18: David Bello-Monerville, 38, Barnet
- Jun 18: Ionut Manea, 63, Ilford
- June 21: Edward Simpson, 25, Feltham
- June 26: Yusuf Mohamed, 18, Uxbridge
- June 29: Kellymary Fauvrelle, 26, Croydon
- June 29: Riley Fauvrelle, 5 days, Croydon
- June 28: Ian Taylor, 54, Lambeth
- Jun 29: Fuad Habib, 28, Newham
- Jun 29: Gary Blagrove, 44, Fulham
- June 30: Amara Toure, 18, Southwark
- July 3: Tesfa Campbell, 40, Wandsworth
- July 5: Craig Walters, 32, Wembley
- July 5: Amanda Gretton, 57, Blackheath
- Jul 7: Grineo Daka, 27, Leyton
- Jul 8: Kwasi Mensah-Ababio, 26, Wembley
- Jul 10: Leo Marcus, 22, Kidbrooke
- Jul 11: Boluwatife Oyewunmi, 22, Enfield
- Jul 11: Kye Manning, 19, Croydon
- Jul 12: Akbar Arezo, 64, Whitton
- Jul 12: Layla Arezo, 74, Whitton
- Jul 17: Aron Kato, 28, Ilford
- Jul 18: Diane Dyer, 61, Beckenham
- Jul 25: Abdullahi Hassan, 20, South Hampstead
- Jul 23: Robert Komuro, 41, Hillingdon
- Jul 26: Liam Dent, 25, Chessington
- Jul 31: Alciveadis Mauredis, 60, Islington
- Aug 3: Dorothy Woolmer, 89, Tottenham
- May 7: Mohammed Shah Subhani, Hounslow
- Aug 12: Alex Smith, 16, Camden
- Aug 15: Solomon Small, 18, Lambeth
- Aug 20: Amrou Greenidge, 18, Fulham
- Aug 24: Allan Isichei, 69, Southall
- Aug 26: Santino Angelo, 18, Newham
- Aug 29: Lee Casey, 39, Brixton
- Aug 27: Child, 15 months, Putney
- Aug 29: Laura Rakstelyte, 31, Ilford
- Aug 30: Perry Jordan, 15, Tottenham
- Aug 31: Sandra Samuels, 45, Hackney
- Sep 1: Norman Bertran-Tavarez, 24, Southwark
- Sep 3: Michael Irving, 15, Stratford
- Sep 8: Unnamed man, 20s, Lewisham
- Sep 8: Unnamed woman, 20s, Kentish Town
- Sep 9: Unnamed man, 20s, Kentish Town
- Sep 10: Unnamed man, 17, Westminster
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