Friday, 26 April 2013

16 Years-Derek Boateng Stabbed To Death on a Bus in London

Dereck Boateng 

A murder hunt has been launched after a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed on a bus died in hospital.

Derek Boateng was knifed seconds after boarding a 393 bus on Highbury New Park, north London, at around 3pm on Monday.

Police say the boy, who has three older sisters, was attacked following a row with another teenager. It was the fifth stabbing of a teenager in London in the past four days.

The London Air Ambulance landed on Highbury Grove School’s Astro Turf pitch and airlifted the teenager to hospital in east London where he died yesterday.
Today, his devastated sisters paid tribute to the little brother they described as ‘always laughing’ and revealed his birthday presents are still lying unopened at the family home in nearby Hackney.

Derek’s oldest sister Gifty, 29, said he was ‘best brother in the world.

She told the Evening Standard: ‘I could not have had a better brother.’

Earlier, she told how Derek was doing his GCSEs and wanted to be an engineer.
He said: ‘He just fixes stuff, like things you can’t figure out he comes to do.

‘He paints and plays the drums – he was very artistic. He had a lot of friends and knew a lot of people around the area and had friends from primary school still. We are completely devastated and still in shock.’

Another of his siblings, Linda, 25, said: ‘All we know is that he was on a bus by himself. He normally gets the train.

‘From what we know, he was going to meet his friend at Highbury Grove when it happened.
‘He was always laughing, everything was a joke. You can’t even tell him off because he just started laughing at you.

‘He was stabbed on his birthday on the 23rd and died the day after. He was coming home to his presents, he hadn’t even opened them yet.’
She added: ‘You hear about this sort of thing all the time and never think this is going to come to you.

‘Knives are for the kitchen. Put the knives away, just concentrate on your education. They have left the family very devastated.

‘I don’t think they understand what they are doing. The guy who did it is probably really scared because they don’t understand what they have done.

‘It’s ridiculous. Killing someone and going back to your group doesn’t make you cool.’
More than 2,000 people have paid tribute on Facebook to a murdered teenager who died the day after being stabbed on his sixteenth birthday.

Derek Boateng, who wanted to be an engineer, was fatally stabbed on a 393 bus on Tuesday afternoon. He died in hospital last night.

And now more than 2,700 people have flooded a tribute page set up for the tragic youngster – known as Ddot – on Facebook.


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