Samina Khalid is the 26th mum this year to have her teenager murdered in London – and she plans to demand to meet Boris Johnson face-to-face over the scourge of knife crime.
Her eighteen-year-old son Kamran Khalid, or Kay to his friends, was on his way back from the gym on October 28 when he was stabbed to death near his mum’s home – later his body was found to have been stabbed a total of 24 times.
“You do not even slaughter an animal that many times,” Samina says.
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A gifted footballer from a young age nicknamed ‘Speedy Gonzales’ at primary school, Kay was no stranger to making the news as a youngster for the right reasons.
In 2014 he was pictured in a BBC Sport article aged 11 as a winner of Chelsea FC’s Asian Star scheme aimed at addressing the lack of Asians in professional football.
(Image: Samina Khalid)
That day a young Kay said: “I only knew I was coming last week so it feels great to win. I just played my natural game and tried to show off my speed. It would be my dream to play for Chelsea so I am so happy to have shown the coaches my ability.”
On the same evening Samina remembers Kay coming home and going straight to bed without saying a thing.
“I asked Kamran ‘How did it go?’, and he said ‘Yeh, alright’. I said ‘You haven’t said much’ and he said ‘Mum, I didn’t go to play, I went to win’”.
Growing up Samina says she was constantly worried about him breaking her windows with his football.
In their garden in Loughton he would kick the ball down the 100ft garden hitting the crossbar every time, and when she watched him play she would think he was never offside, just faster than the other defenders.
“When he was being assessed he would also get it every time, it showed that he was willing to put all the hard work in so when he showed up it was a piece of cake.”
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Kamran’s skill as a two footed midfielder was largely the result of his “extremely close” relationship with dad Wadud Ahmed, 40, a former football coach who had his son playing “as soon as he could kick a ball.”
Later on Wadud got Kay playing for the infamous Senrab FC in Wanstead, the youth club which has consistently nurtured football aces including John Terry, Sol Campbell, and Ledley King.
The club held a minute’s silence for their former player last week.
According to Samina, Kamran and his dad were more like brothers than father and son.
So much so that younger sister Zahra, 16, who created a TikTok video for her brother viewed more than 100,000 times, had to tell the pair when it was time to stop joking around.
“Come on, you have had a laugh now please can you be serious,” she would say.
(Image: Samina Khalid)
Zahra also set up a JustGiving page in memory of Kamran which has over £5,000 of donations intended for building wells in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Gambia with charity Muslim Hands.
She said “losing him has left a void in our hearts forever.”
Describing her “happy, positive young boy”, Samina adds Kay also took his faith seriously and would often remind her of God.
“During Ramadan after the night prayer he would go to Pure Gym from 12am to 2am then come back just before sunrise to have food and then we would all sleep,” she explained.
Fresh out of school and making his way in life, it was not uncommon for Kay to keep up this routine outside of fasting.
The morning of his murder his brother Rajan told MyLondon he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Mum Samina is adamant his death was not gang related.
“He was going to be my little treasure. He was an inspiration to all of the other boys.
“Obviously I did not know what he was like outside, but everyone who I didn’t even know has all said he was such a lovely boy and he is always polite.
“He was also such a good comedian, his timing was impeccable, he would just say the funniest things in the right moment and have us all in stitches.”
(Image: Samina Khalid)
A year of violence
Samina thinks young people in London have become “numb” to violence.
“I honestly think that punishment for carrying knives is not enough,” she says.
“If carrying knives is normal now, what’s the next generation going to look like? The penalty and punishment for carrying a knife is too lenient and it’s only going to be another mother.
“The consensus now is everyone says knife crime is rife, everyone just shrugs their shoulders and thinks it’s just another one.”
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This year is already set to be one of the worst ever for teenage murders in London, only three deaths below the 29 recorded in 2008.
Now Samina hopes to use Kay’s death to campaign for change and wants to meet with Boris Johnson to discuss the law.
“God forbid no parent has to go through what I’m going through.
“That thought they are walking from home to school and some person is going to be stabbing them for no reason.
“We have always had bullies but now this has turned into another level, the punishment is just way too lenient.
“We know everyone is going to die of old age or ill health but this can be stopped, it can be prevented, and people can be educated.
“It’s like the young people have become numb, they have been desensitised.”
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She also compared Kay’s death to the stabbing of MP Sir David Amess who was killed in his Essex constituency surgery 13 days prior.
She says no-one is safe, pointing out both her and Sir David’s family were now mourning the death of an innocent person.
Still grieving just over a week after identifying her son’s body on Harrow Road in Ilford, Samina is angry at a “soft” justice system and violent video game culture.
Though the Police have been “respectful” and “supportive” she will demand a meeting with the Prime Minister to ask what can be done, she is determined to make Kay’s death have meaning and campaign for change.
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“The way I am going to have closure is that no other mother ever goes through this, I do not want any mother to have their son written about like this again.”
Samina and her family continue to be supported by specialist police officers, while two men and a 15-year-old boy have been charged with Kamran Khalid’s murder.
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