15-Year-Old Ghanaian Footballer Stabbed To Death In London

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An aspiring footballer who was stabbed to death in east London has been named as 15-year-old Baptista Adjei.

The young ‘popular’ boy was fatally knifed in his school uniform outside McDonald’s, in Stratford Broadway, at 3.20 pm on Thursday.

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Paramedics desperately tried to keep the teenager alive, but he was pronounced dead at the scene just half an hour later.

Police believe Baptista, who was described by family as a ‘nice boy’, was either attacked while on the bus or shortly after he got off.

His 15-year-old school friend was also rushed to hospital with stab wounds, where he remains with non-life-threatening injuries.

The talented footballer, who was wearing the uniform of Catholic boys’ school St Bonaventure’s, in Forest Gate, when he was attacked, had recently tried out for League One team Ipswich Town.

Baptista, who was described as an affectionate boy who ‘would always make you laugh’, had phoned his mother Josephine to say he was on his way home just 20 minutes before he was fatally knifed.

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The aspiring footballer was described as a ‘nice, popular boy’ who made ‘everyone laugh’ (Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA )

His mum had offered to pick him up from school due to the delays on the DLR route amid Extinction Rebellion protests.

But he said he would catch the bus after school instead, as he wanted to go to McDonald’s with a friend.

His aunt Aretha Adjei said Baptista’s heartbroken mum ‘keeps saying how she should have gone and picked him up’.

She told the Evening Standard: ‘His mother is not coping well. She only has two children. You can’t imagine her pain…

‘He was a fun-loving boy, very popular with everyone in church, everyone in the street knew him. He would come and put his arms around you. He would always make you laugh.

‘No one could say a bad word about him, he would never join a gang or a group. That’s not him.’

Just five hours after Baptista was knifed, an 18-year-old was found with stab wounds near a children’s nursery in Brandon Estate, Camberwell, south London

Police in Stratford, east London after a male teenager was fatally stabbed outside Stratford Broadway shortly after 3pm on Thursday. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 10, 2019. See PA story POLICE Stratford. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The schoolboy was attacked outside Stratford Broadway on Thursday (Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

He died shortly later, said Met Police, adding that his next of kin have been informed.

Formal identification is yet to take place and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

Police called the stabbings a ‘senseless attack’ as they called for witnesses to come forward.

No arrests have been made in either murder and police say they are not linked.

Source: Metro News

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