Croydon stabbing: Boy, 15, stabbed in the heart in Ashburton Park pictured for first time

Croydon stabbing: Boy, 15, stabbed in the heart in Ashburton Park pictured for first time

The teenager who was stabbed to death in a Croydon park has been named and pictured for the first time.

Police were called to Ashburton Park shortly after 7pm on Thursday (December 30) where they found Zaian Aimable-Lina, 15, had been attacked.

He was pronounced dead at the scene just 30 minutes later.

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A post-mortem examination held today (New Year’s Day) gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

Zaian’s family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Tributes have been left near the spot the boy was killed in the aftermath.

One reads: “Zaian, you have been a great friend and always made the class laugh when it was boring.

“You will always be remembered and present in our thoughts. Rest in eternal peace, we will all miss you dearly.”

A heartbreaking note left by a class mate of the victim

Meanwhile, police investigating the murder have made one arrest.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder on New Year’s Eve. He was taken to a south London police station and later released on bail to a date in late January.

Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command investigate, led by Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard said: “My thoughts continue to be with Zaian’s family and friends as they cope with this tragic loss.

“My team are continuing to work around the clock so that we can give Zaian’s family the answers they deserve.

“Zaian’s death has sent shockwaves through the local community and London as a whole. He was just 15- years-old and had his whole life ahead of him and we need the community to work with us to bring those responsible to justice. No matter how insignificant you may think it, if you have information that can help, you must do the right thing and contact us immediately.”

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Superintendent Dan Knowles, of the South Area Command Unit, which polices Croydon, said: “This tragic loss of a young life on our streets has rightly and understandably caused considerable concern among the local community.

“Our colleagues in Specialist Crime are continuing their investigation and my officers are carrying out enhanced patrols in the local area. I urge anyone who can help us to approach those officers and tell us what you know.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference CAD 5443/30Dec. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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