May 26 2013 Latest news:
Monday, January 28, 2013
A teenager who died after being stabbed in Pimlico has been named by family friends.
Hani Abou El-Kheir, 16, died last night in Lupus Street, with witnesses saying he screamed for his life.
Today, family friend Mahmoud Abosiad visited the family and said: “He was a lovely boy. He did not deserve to end up on a slab.”
The victim’s mother Pauline Hickey, who lives 100 yards from the scene, did not want to comment this morning.
But an unidentified man said at the family home: “She’s broken hearted.”
Mohammed Alzubaidi, 49, from nearby Peabody Close, said his friend witnessed a gang carrying out the attack.
“He said they were carrying knives, some of them with wide swords. He said the victim was screaming and trying to get away,” Mr Alzubaidi said.
He said his friend told him the gang had scattered and run off in different directions.
The fatally injured teenager was found by ambulance staff after emergency services were called to the Lupus Street area following reports that a youth had been stabbed.
He was taken to a south London hospital where he died a few hours later.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “A murder inquiry is now under way and an incident room will open in due course under detectives from the Specialist Crime and Operations Directorate.
“We must retain an open mind re the circumstances of the incident and any motive at this early stage.”
There has been no arrest.
The scene in Lupus Street remained cordoned off today with a number of police present.
It is close to Pimlico Underground station, is bordered by extensive council estates on one side and is home to Pimlico Academy, which the victim reportedly used to attend.
Rebecca Bartholomew, who lives a few doors down from Hani and his mother, said: “He always seemed like a nice boy, polite.
“We never had any trouble.
“He had friends his own age and whether they were in trouble I don’t know.
“His mum is friendly too.
“They would say hello when we saw them.”
Evgeny Onegin, 22, whose third storey flat overlooks the crime scene said his flatmate saw the boy’s attackers flee. He said: “My flatmate saw him bleeding out.
“He said he could see the wound bleeding out from all the way up here.
“He saw three or four guys running off up the street.
“Lots of people gathered quickly. The victim was shouting and people called an ambulance as they realised what happened.”
Jackie Peralta, 39, whose first floor flat overlooks the crime scene, said she thought the boy had been hit by a car.
Mrs Peralta said the boy lay in the road for at least half an hour.
She said: “I thought it was an accident.
“I got home at 7.30pm and he was still there.
“There were so many paramedics and policemen and they were giving him first aid.
“I thought it was a car crash - I didn’t know it was a stabbing. There was a woman with him saying ‘Honey, honey’.”