POLICE investigating the murder of a 23-year-old Sheffield Hallam University graduate in Sharrow have been carrying out forensic investigations at the scene all weekend.
Mount Pleasant Park was sealed off after the 23-year-old Hallam University graduate Mubarak Ali, of Headford Grove, Broomhall, died on Friday after being stabbed in the chest on Crowther Place - just yards from Sharrow Primary School.
Det Supt Terry Mann, who is leading the murder inquiry said police had set up an incident room at Moss Way station and officers had worked through the night at the weekend sifting evidence and attempting to establish the sequence of events.
Mr Ali’s family told The Star he had been dropped off on London Road with his younger brother Abdi Shuker, aged 17, where they planned to get a haircut at SWARV hairdressers.
They say a man asked Mr Ali to step outside the barber’s and he was stabbed when he emerged.
On Saturday SWARV hairdressers on London Road was closed and police tape had been tied across the door.
Two white forensics tents stood yards apart on Crowther Place and boiler-suited experts from the Forensic Science Service could be seen examining the road and taking pictures.
More than 15 cars behind a police cordon on Friday had not moved.
And residents on Crowther Place and Mount Pleasant Road were forced to cross front gardens to exit the investigation zone after being barred from the street while it continued.
DS Mann did not confirm whether the murder weapon had been recovered.
He added: “There is plenty to look at and until we’ve examined it all you don’t know how it’s going to progress. There are things in there that we are recovering.
“We know that there were plenty of people at the scene, we are keen to identify them and take evidence from them to piece together what has happened. We have already spoken to some who claim to have been there but it’s difficulty to get the chronology.”
Det Supt Mann refused to speculate on whether the death was race or gang related.
He added: “At the moment the motive is unclear, but we are treating it as murder. Officers worked through the night on Friday and we have a full team investigating and conducting house-to-house enquiries and studying CCTV. Witnesses will be treated with all the sensitivity required by an investigation like this.”
Mubarak Ali - know to family as Yahya - had just completed a degree in sociology and criminology. He was due to attend his graduation ceremony in a few weeks’ time.
Christian pastor Luc Zintchem said the stabbing occurred after a fight escalated between youths.
“Some young people were having a fight and one of them used a knife on the other.”
Supply teacher David Brown, 29, of Fieldhead Road, was surprised to hear of the murder.
“I’ve not heard of any violent crime round here before,” he said. “Even when it’s dark I feel safe, but the fact this has happened in broad daylight I find shocking.
“I don’t consider it a bad area or a rough area. Maybe in some places you could have gang difficulties but there are no problems like that around here.”
But support worker Hannah Suwalski, out walking with her 10-month-old daughter Molly, said she wasn’t shocked by the killing.
“It was going to happen at some point round here,” she said. “You’ve got a lot of different cultures in a small area and eventually people are going to collide.”
Anyone with information about the killing is urged to call the Moss Way Incident Room on 0114 296 3162.