Loving son stabbed to death

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A MAN was stabbed to death on a pavement just yards from a Sheffield primary school and children’s playground.

The victim was knifed after a fight escalated between youths in Crowther Place, Sharrow, off Abbeydale Road.

Medical equipment used by paramedics in their attempts to revive the victim could be seen abandoned on the ground after he had been rushed to hospital.

The young man, believed to be from Somalia, was attacked at around 12.45pm, and died an hour later in the Northern General Hospital.

Residents living near the scene told The Star they were shocked by the killing, in broad daylight.

Blood stains could be seen on the pavement where the man was attacked.

Christian pastor Luc Zintchem said the stabbing happened after a fight.

“Some young people were having a fight and one of them used a knife on the other. They were Somalian people,” said the 43-year-old.

“It’s so dangerous - people from the same community fighting with each other. It’s mad.”

Locals said the victim appeared to be aged between 16 and 20 years old. The man had not been named by police last night.

Forensics officers in white suits were called to the scene to comb the park and nearby streets for evidence, and police began making house-to-house inquiries.

A ‘major incident’ van was parked beside the kerb along with four police cars and two ambulance responder vehicles.

The front of Mount Pleasant Park was cordoned off, as well as Crowther Place, with police tape leading up to Mount Pleasant Road and Ward Place.

Mum-of-two Jannah Akariya, 30, who lives on Witney Street opposite the scene, said: “It’s terrible. I’ve been living here for three years and it’s an alright area to live in.

“But I’ve got kids, and it’s not right that something like this should happen round here.”

Parents with children at Sharrow Primary were contacted in the afternoon to tell them an ‘incident’ had happened nearby, but that all pupils were safe.

Mums and dads were advised not to pick up their children by car because of traffic building up in the area.

Supply teacher David Brown, 29, of Fieldhead Road, said: “I’ve not heard of any violent crime round here before.

“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.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman confirmed an investigation has been launched.

“Police attended the Crowther Place area after a report that a man had been assaulted,” she said.

“The man was treated by a paramedic at the scene before being taken by ambulance to the city’s Northern General Hospital, where he died an hour after the incident.”

Anyone with information should call 0114 220 2020, quoting incident number 520 of September 30.