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Twickenham stabbing: Police search canal for weapon after 18-year-old killed in knife attack


Police are searching a canal for a murder weapon after an 18-year-old Afghan refugee was fatally stabbed in a South West London sports field in front of petrified schoolchildren.

Hazrat Wali was knifed during a fight on a footbridge before stumbling to the Twickenham field, where he collapsed and died.

A schoolteacher passing through the park with two Year 8 pupils attempted to save Hazrat’s life by administering CPR, but the teenager was pronounced dead in hospital at 5.54pm on Tuesday (October 12).

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Hazrat Wali, 18, died after being stabbed at a park on Craneford Way shortly before 4.45pm on Tuesday (October 12)

Hazrat lived in Notting Hill and was described as “a very good boy” who was “loved by everyone”.

He was a student at Richmond-upon-Thames College and in an email sent to students said: “We are saddened by the loss and will make every effort to help you our students at this very difficult time.”

A relative living in Stanmore told the Evening Standard : “Hazrat came here to study. He was living all on his own in London. His immediate family are all back in Afghanistan.

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A friend of Hazrat’s, Sahil Kochay, told the paper he did not understand “why anyone would want to hurt” the 18-yeasr-old, adding: “He wasn’t the kind of guy to fight.”

Police have called on people to avoid sharing pictures and videos on social media to “avoid causing the young man’s family any more distress at this already incredibly difficult time for them.”

No arrests have been made and police continue to appeal for witnesses to the stabbing in Craneford Way at 4.45pm.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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