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Kamal mum: ‘It’s like a war on the streets’

Heartbroken parent of teenage stabbing victim warns young people face a culture of violence

02 October, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Kamal Nuur, who was 18, died following a knife attack in North Road last month – the third Islington teenager to be killed in the past two years

THE mother of a teenager who was stabbed to death in Holloway has warned parents it is like a “war” on the streets as she paid tribute to her “special, special” son.

A funeral service was held for Kamal Nuur on Tuesday at the East London Mosque, where his family said their final goodbyes.

The 18-year-old former Duncombe Primary School pupil, who grew up around the Elthorne estate in Archway, died following a knife attack in North Road last month.

Speaking about the incident for the first time, his mother Amael told the Tribune: “It is one of the worst things anybody could ever go through. The sad thing is, this has happened to Kamal now and it is going to happen to others again and again. That’s what upsets me. Nothing is being done. Nothing is changing.”

Police at the scene of last month’s attack in North Road, near Caledonian Road

Kamal and his twin were born in UCLH. The family initially lived in the Elthorne Estate but moved to different boroughs before returning to the area.

“Kamal was a special, special boy,” Amael said. “He was an amazing child, he was very smiley. He was into typical boy things, like sports and WWE. He was always doing pranks and jokes with his friends. Very boisterous. They were charming young boys.”

The twins went to Duncombe before moving to Highgate Wood School in Crouch End. It was during his secondary school years that Amael saw her son “change” and she believes not enough was done to support her boys.

At 14, Kamal came home “traumatised” after witnessing his friend being stabbed at a house party.

He was moved to Acland Burghley, in Tufnell Park, in 2018 but later returned to Highgate Wood to take his exams.

Amael said: “It’s bad. It’s like Iraq out there. These children are running around like it’s a war and a game. This one is chasing that one and social media is making it so much worse. And the Drill music as well – it’s so violent. You think as a parent, how many things can I fight?”

She added: “I think it is so sad for all of these teenagers because I don’t think any of them want to be in these shoes today. I have seen what it is like. They are all defending each other out there.”

Kamal is the third Islington teenager to be killed in the past two years.

Amael said: “With Kamal, I used to walk past where Ben Kinsella died [in North Road in 2008] and now it saddens me that nothing has changed since then. Things have actually got worse.

“This has made me want to become active, I need to reach out to these young people. I want to help these children’s futures.”

Amael received a phone call on the night of the attack from family who were at the scene in North Road.

She said: “My sister drove me there. I already knew. I said, ‘is he alive?’ They said, ‘no he’s gone’.

“It was the worst moment of my life.”

Police continue to appeal for information from witnesses to come forward. They have released CCTV images of two suspects on a bicycle fleeing the scene moments after Kamal was attacked. No arrests have been made.

To report anything call 101 ref CAD 7154/14 Sept or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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