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Friends of teen stabbed in Caledonian Road pledge to go on Barcelona visit in his memory

Friends and family gather to pay tribute to Nidim Bilgin

08 February, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Scores of friends gather to pay tribute to Nedim Bilgin

FRIENDS of a murdered 17-year-old who attended a vigil on Saturday night have pledged that, in his memory, they will go ahead with a trip planned before his death.

Scores of teenagers gathered near the spot where Nedim Bilgin was stabbed to death in Caledonian Road last Tuesday.

They released love- heart-shaped balloons and played music in memory of their friend.

Grace Brownlie, who organised the vigil, said: “Nedim loved music. We had been planning a trip to Barcelona. We were going to go to festivals and travel. We are going to go and do everything he talked about, for him. We miss him so much.”

Nedim attended Thorn- hill Primary School before going on to St Mary Magdelene Academy.

Nedim Bilgin, 17, was stabbed to death in Cally Road

He left the school off Liver- pool Road in Year 10 and moved to a school in Enfield.

Grace, 16, said: “We wanted to do something for his parents. We didn’t see them much, but we wanted them to know how much we loved him and how popular he was.”

Tributes left by Nedim’s friends and family 

Five arrests were made following Nedim’s killing.

Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder on the night.

Three more men, two aged 18 and one aged 22, were arrested last Thurs- day. They have all since been released on bail.

Debbie Lynch, 49, a local resident, who was at the vigil, said: “These kids have been down here every night in sleet and rain. No one is making them do this. They’re taking responsibility. It’s a close-knit group.

“These kids never get the credit they deserve.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the stabbing to come forward.

Forensics on the night of the murder

Gang activity has not been ruled out as a motive, according to police.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, who is leading the investigation, said: “This fatal knife attack took place just before 7pm in an area that lots of people would have been walking or driving through.

“We have had reports of people seen running around and on pedal bikes near Caledonian Road junction with Tilloch Street at around this time. Were you there? Did you see anything suspicious?”

Witnesses are asked to call the police incident room on 020 8345 3715. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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