17-year-old Nigerian student, Fola Orebiyi, was reportedly stabbed to death on Sunday in Notting Hill, London, by a gang of youths.
Fola, who was studying at Chelsea Academy after completing his GCSES at Holland Park, was reportedly stabbed to death in front of horrified tourists and passers-by after fleeing from a gang of youths on bikes on July 3.
Eyewitnesses revealed that fight broke out in a nearby estate before Fola was chased into the busy road where he was attacked. An anonymous teenager was quoted to have told the police that the student was trying to protect a friend over a silly beef which turned violent.
Reports say Fola was stabbed in the neck and passersby tried to help the teenager as he staggered down the busy road after which he eventually collapsed outside a shop.
Police and paramedics tried to resuscitate him for a long time but to no avail as he bled to death. So far, the police have been able to arrest two boys in connection to his death.
An eyewitness, Mark Gettleson said:
“People saw him fall down and try to get to his feet again. Police and paramedics tried to resuscitate him for a long time, they did everything they could.”
Another witness, a mother of one, said she stood by and watched as the police tried to save the bleeding boy. She added that the ambulance wasted time in arriving the scene.
“It was traumatising. It took half an hour for the ambulance to arrive even though there are hospitals all around. I spoke to the person who called the police and he said it took them so long to get here,”
“The police were all on him trying to resuscitate. All I could see were his feet and lots of blood. I’m a mum, for me this is so sad, that’s someone’s child. That’s someone’s baby.”
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Some residents say the recurring cases of street gang violence is becoming rather disturbing, noting that hardly a week passes without reports of deaths from street gang violence.