Tributes have been paid to a “caring and loving” teen who was stabbed to death on the football pitch.
Hazrat Wali, 18, a refugee from Afghanistan, was attacked in broad daylight during a battle at Cranford Way in Twickenham, south west London, yesterday afternoon.
The teenager, studying at Richmond upon Thames College, came to Britain two years ago for a better life.
A relative who lived in Stanmore told evening standard: “Hazrat was a very nice boy.
“He came here to study, he was living alone in London. His immediate family is back in Afghanistan.
“I saw him in the hospital. All I heard was that he had a fight.”
His close friend Sahil Kochay said: “He was a very nice person. Very caring and loved by all.
“He had no hatred for anyone. He stood up for everyone. I wish I knew why someone would hurt him. He was not the kind of guy to fight for.”
Mr Wali was allegedly stabbed to death in the middle of a playground in front of school children, whose teachers rushed to try to help the teen.
The hero teacher at Richmond Upon Thames School was reportedly playing rugby to scare his pupils before trying to perform CPR.
One mother, whose 13-year-old son was playing rugby, said: “The boys had been arguing for a while.
“The teacher started filming and took small children away from them. The older boys continued on foot towards the bridge where the row ran.
“The teacher left, the boys got scared and the poor boy fell on the floor. He was the first to know that he had been stabbed.
“The teacher did an amazing job filming them and then going there to try and call emergency services.
“My son is now scared of knives, but he is even and fine. He said it was a long way away but he saw the boy fall to the floor.
“I saw the boy who was lying on the floor and covered with the jackets of the other boys.
The teacher was doing CPR on him, he was in a rugby kit and there were a lot of boys around
“The teacher was doing CPR on him, he was in a rugby kit and there were a lot of boys around.
“There were some girls who were sitting on the edge of the grass shedding tears and would have known the boy, they looked devastated.”
Dr Jason Jones, Principal of Richmond Upon Thames College, where Mr Wally attended, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends at this difficult time.
“This loss is sure to raise many feelings, concerns and questions for our students, parents, staff and the local community.
“Safety remains our first priority and we will continue to do everything we can to keep our students safe at the College.
“To that end, we have increased security and surveillance at our entrances following yesterday’s incident and are continuing to work in full cooperation with the Metropolitan Police handling the matter.”
A spokeswoman for Richmond upon Thames School said they were “shocked” to hear about the incident.
He was taken to a London hospital by the London Ambulance Service, but was pronounced dead at 5.54 pm.
Authorities have urged anyone filming the gruesome attack not to share it on social media.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall said: “The incident happened in a playground and was witnessed by many people.
“Some of them are believed to have filmed the events as they unfolded; I ask that any videos not be shared via social media so that the young man’s family is already unbelievable to them.” To avoid creating more distress in difficult times.
“Instead, please go to the police immediately. Many people have spoken to us, but we need to hear from someone who may have information that can help.
“We are working to establish the motive behind this tragic incident and follow up on several leads. If you think you can help us, please get in touch.”
Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Chappell said: “Our thoughts are with the young victim and her family at this terrible time.
“No young man should be killed in London and we will do everything we can to help our colleagues investigate.
“Local residents can expect to see increased police presence in the area.
“If anyone has any concerns, or has information that may help, I encourage them to contact those authorities and let us know what they know.”
Anyone who witnessed or has footage of the incident is asked to call the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting 5697/12OCT.
Crimestoppers can also be informed anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
So far this year there have been 61 fatalities in the capital, in which 23 teenagers have been stabbed to death.