A teenager who was stabbed to death in front of a group of schoolchildren in south-west London has been known today.
Hazrat Wali, 18, a student at Richmond Upon Thames College, was fatally injured in a knife attack in Craneford Way, Twickenham.
After being stabbed, Mr Wali, an Afghan refugee who reportedly came to the UK two years ago, was said to have staggered onto a playing field where local school children were playing rugby.
Witnesses say a school teacher persuaded him to resuscitate the teen in a desperate attempt to save his life. But Mr. Wali died in hospital shortly after.
Police meanwhile say witnesses filmed the shocking incident using mobile phones. The video is believed to be circulating on social media.
Today, a relative of Mr Wali described the teenager as a ‘very good boy’.
Hazrat Wali, 18, a student at Richmond Upon Thames College, was fatally injured in a knife attack in Craneford Way, Twickenham, South West London
After being stabbed, Mr Wali, an Afghan refugee who reportedly came to the UK two years ago, was said to have staggered onto a playing field where local school children were playing rugby. In the photo: a forensic police tent on site today
The unnamed relative told the Evening Standard: ‘He came here to study, he lived all alone in London. His immediate family is all back in Afghanistan.
‘I saw him in the hospital. He was arguing, that’s all I heard.’
His good friend Sahil Kochay said: ‘He was a very good person. Very caring and loved everyone. I wish I knew why someone would hurt him. He wasn’t the kind of man to fight.’
Today’s classes were canceled at the College Mr. Wali attended as a show of respect.
dr. Jason Jones, principal of Richmond upon Thames College, told MailOnline: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends at this difficult time.
After being stabbed, Mr Wali, an Afghan refugee who reportedly came to the UK two years ago, was said to have staggered onto a playing field where local school children were playing rugby
“This loss will certainly raise a lot of emotions, concerns and questions among our students, parents, staff and the local community.”
He said the school had implemented an emergency plan and increased security around the school in response to the deadly stabbing.
dr. Jones added: “We have improved security and surveillance at our entrances following yesterday’s incident and continue to work in full coordination with the Metropolitan Police who are handling the case.”
It comes as police continue to hunt for Mr Wali’s killer after Tuesday’s incident.
The teenager was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in the suburbs of London after the stabbing, which happened around 4:45 pm. Mr Wali was pronounced dead at 5:54 PM.
Police are seeking information today and believe witnesses may have filmed the shocking incident. They are urging people not to share the images online.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall said: ‘The incident took place in a playing field and was seen by a number of people.
“Some of those people would have filmed events as they unfolded; I ask that no videos be shared on social media to prevent the young man’s family from causing further suffering at this already incredibly difficult time for them.
The 18-year-old victim was fatally injured after an argument broke out during a kick-around in south-west London, local residents say. In the photo: police on site today
The Metropolitan Police are investigating the death of a teenager after he was fatally stabbed on playing fields in south-west London. In the photo: police on site last night
“Go straight to the police instead. A number of people have spoken to us, but we need information from people who can help us.
“We are working to determine the motive behind this tragic incident and are following a number of leads. If you think you can help us, please get in touch.’
A local college student, 17, said the video was shared on social media site Snapchat.
The student, who asked not to be named, said: ‘Things like this are not normal and just shouldn’t happen.
“I saw people posting about it on Snapchat saying ‘someone got stabbed outside Richmond College’ and posting laughing emojis.
‘Imagine if that was your child, it’s a human being.
‘I didn’t know him well, but he seemed like a nice, laid-back guy, we’d say hello.
“I’m a rugby coach in the area, I could have coached here and it could have happened to me.
“I said goodbye to my grandmother, gave her a hug and returned home. He never got a chance to come home.”
The scene of the incident – near the Harlequins Rugby Club – was closed today as forensic officers conduct an investigation.
Detectives are working to inform the next of kin of the victim. No arrests have been made yet, police said.
Officers were called to an incident on Craneford Way in Twickenham yesterday afternoon. They found a man, believed to be old in his late teens, who suffered from knife wounds
The scene of the incident – near the Harlequins Rugby Club – has been closed while forensic officers investigate.
In a statement, the Met Police said: ‘Police were called to reports of a stabbing in Craneford Way, Twickenham, at 4:45 pm on Tuesday, October 12.
Officers and London Ambulance Service (LAS) were present.
‘At the scene, a man, presumably in his late teens, had suffered knife wounds.
He was taken by LAS to a hospital in the suburbs of London where he was pronounced dead at 5:54 pm.
“An investigation is underway to inform his next of kin.
“A crime scene and depositions remain in place and there have been no arrests at this early stage.
“Anyone who witnessed this incident or has footage is requested to call the police at 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 5697/12OCT.”
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.
The incident is said to be the 25th teenager to have been murdered in London this year.
It is also believed to be the 102nd investigation launched in 2021 by the Met Police homicide squad.
The victim was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in suburban London but was pronounced dead at 5:54 p.m.
It comes after officers investigated the death of Nicole Hurley, 37, in Primrose Hill, west London, on Sunday.
Jason Bell, 40-year-old friend of Mrs. Hurley, was arrested later that day and charged with her murder last night. He appeared in court yesterday.
Meanwhile, police are also investigating the death of a 51-year-old man who was found dead after police were called to a house in Chelsfield Lane, Orpington, around 11:46 pm on 9 October.
A woman in her 40s, known to the victim, was arrested on suspicion of murder and later released on bail.