…By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.
This tragic account draws attention to the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old boxer, Khaled Saleh, illuminating the harsh realities of youth violence.
The circumstances surrounding Khaled’s death, which occurred in broad daylight, highlight the pressing need for effective solutions to counter the growing instances of such violent crimes in society.
His death, leaving his family and community in shock, underscores the profound personal and societal impacts of such incidents.
Khaled Saleh, a 17-year-old boxing enthusiast, was found mortally wounded from a single stab injury by passers-by who attempted to help by placing him in the recovery position and compressing his wound.
The attack took place around 1:40 pm on Monday as Khaled walked past the Church of St Mary on Paddington Green, in the sight of terrified onlookers including students at the nearby City of Westminster College.
Khaled, the oldest son in his family, belonged to the Kurdish-Iraqi community and resided less than a mile from the scene of the crime.
His cousin Lena Wessan shared with The Standard about the devastating impact of his loss on his family.
Khaled was described as a caring individual who would do anything to protect his family and ensure their happiness.
Lena remembered the last time she saw Khaled during Eid at his mother’s house, where they enjoyed quality time with their older cousins.
She described Khaled as a happy, funny boy who was always spreading joy.
News of his death, delivered by her sister while she was in school, left her screaming and crying in disbelief.
Tribute to Khaled
Khaled was seen as a role model in the family and was cherished by many people.
His friends remember him as a talented boxer and a joker who was loved by many.
“He was just the loveliest boy. He had loads of friends and was a pleasure to be around,” one friend recalled.
Investigation and Call for Information
A 17-year-old has been taken into custody on suspicion of murder in connection with the case and is currently being interrogated.
Witnesses or anyone with information related to the crime are encouraged to contact the authorities.
Anonymous reports can be made to the independent charity Crimestoppers.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn