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Victim of fatal Twickenham stabbing named as teenage Afghan refugee

A youngster who was stabbed to dying in Twickenham, south-west London, has been named as an Afghan who got here to the UK as a lone little one refugee.

The Metropolitan Police mentioned Hazrat Wali, 18, of Notting Hill, west London, died in hospital on Tuesday after being fatally attacked on a enjoying subject in Craneford Way, Twickenham.

Officers are inspecting CCTV and the power mentioned witnesses have described seeing a combat on the subject within the moments earlier than he was stabbed.

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, from the Specialist Crime Command, mentioned: “We are still working to establish the motive behind this tragic attack and are following a number of leads.

“Officers have recovered CCTV from the area and spoken to a number of witnesses who described seeing a fight in the moments before Hazrat was attacked.

“We know a lot of people were on the field at the time and I’d urge anyone who has not yet spoken to police to contact us immediately.”

Mr Wali was attacked at round 4.45pm on Tuesday and died in hospital round an hour later.

His household have been knowledgeable and are being supported by specifically educated officers, the Met mentioned. No arrests have been made.

A relative of {the teenager}, from Stanmore, informed the Evening Standard he got here to the UK alone two years in the past as a refugee, leaving his household behind in Afghanistan.

His buddy Sahil Kochay added: “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.”

The assault occurred on a footbridge after a confrontation between the sufferer and suspects, simply yards from Richmond upon Thames College, which confirmed on Wednesday that the sufferer was one of its college students.

The school’s principal, Dr Jason Jones, mentioned: “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.”

Twickenham MP Munira Wilson mentioned provided her “deepest condolences” to Mr Wali’s household, including: “The police are pursuing a key suspect who is still at large and forensic searches are ongoing at the site of the crime.

“The field and access to the railway bridge via Twickenham Rough remain closed off and will be sealed for at least the next 48 hours.

“The police have significantly stepped up patrols in the area and will continue to do so for the next few days. I have urged them to continue doing so beyond this week. The college’s security team are also patrolling the area more intensively.

“I will be reiterating my calls to the mayor of London and the Home Office to boost local police numbers.”

Additional reporting by PA Media.

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