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Family of stab victim Mahad Ali issue heartfelt plea calling on witnesses to break silence

Mahad, 18, was set upon by a gang armed with knives as people spilled out of a party in Acton

02 August, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

THE family of a popular teenager brutally stabbed to death outside a party have issued a heartfelt plea, calling on witnesses to come forward so the killers can be brought to justice.

Mahad Ali, 18, from Upper Holloway, was set upon by a gang armed with knives as dozens of people spilled out of the event on an industrial estate in Acton in the early hours of June 29.

The former Highbury Grove School pupil was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds but was pronounced dead two hours later. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

His family, who live off Hornsey Road, where a shrine with flowers and tributes to Mahad has been erected, described the killing as “senseless” as they spoke of their grief.

Tributes to Mahad have been left outside the family home off Hornsey Road

In a statement released this week, they said: “Mahad is terribly missed by family and friends. His sudden and violent death has left a huge void in our family structure.

“Our shock and sorrow remain unabated. The last three weeks have been a very stressful time for our entire family, especially for Mahad’s younger brother.

“Our son was an easy going young man who showed respect to everyone with whom he came in contact. Mahad loved boxing and belonged to Islington Boxing Club for the last decade.”

Mahad pictured with British heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua

The Westminster Kingsway College student, who was a talented boxer, had gone to the ticketed party celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. It was attended largely by youths of Somali origin.

His 19-year-old brother, who is understood to be severely traumatised by the events of that night, was also there.

Detective Chief Inspector Luke Marks, who is leading the police investigation, said that between 40 and 50 people attended the early-hours party.

An altercation began inside the venue and spilled outside, resulting in Mahad being stabbed.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and subsequently released under investigation. A 21-year-old man, also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed to return to a north London police station in early August.

A third man, aged 26, arrested last Thursday on suspicion of violent disorder, has been released under investigation.

But to date no one has been charged with killing Mahad.

The 18-year-old’s family said: “We appeal to anyone who saw the murder or know anything about it to come forward and help the police in their effort to arrest the murderers.”

DCI Marks said previously: “Mahad’s family have been left completely devastated and are desperately seeking answers as to why he was set upon and what sparked the altercation.

“There is a strong possibility that the person or people involved in the attack would have got blood stains on their clothing. I would appeal to anyone who knows that a loved one attended the party, who either washed or threw away items of clothing when they returned home, to approach us.

“Please do not remain silent. To those mothers, sisters and girlfriends shielding the person or people responsible, please do the right thing.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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