Teenage Afghan Refugee Stabbed to Death in London Park

A teenage Afghan refugee identified as Hazrat Wali was stabbed to death in front of schoolchildren on a sports field in southwest London on Oct. 12, police said.

Police said they received reports of a stabbing in Craneford Way, Twickenham at 4:45 p.m. local time and found 18-year-old Wali with knife wounds.

The London Ambulance Service brought Wali to an outer London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m., police said.

Wali’s relative told The Evening Standard that he came to the United Kingdom two years ago and was living in London to study while his immediate family were in Afghanistan.

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall said that a number of people, including groups playing in the field area, witnessed the attack and urged those who filmed the incident not to post the videos on social media “to avoid causing the young man’s family any more distress at this already incredibly difficult time for them.”

Police have yet to make any arrests.

Police said the crime scene has been cordoned off and that a murder investigation is still ongoing to establish a motive.

“No young person should lose their life in London and we will do all we can to support our colleagues with their investigation,” Chief Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple said.

According to witnesses, Wali got into an argument during a football game moments before he was stabbed.

Witnesses also said that a teacher from Richmond Upon Thames College shielded the schoolchildren who saw the attack and rushed to Wali to perform CPR in an attempt to save his life.

Police also said that a post-mortem examination has been scheduled on Oct. 15 at Kingston Mortuary.

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