A youth worker described as a ‘genuinely nice, well-respected young man’ is recovering in hospital after being knifed in the back during a street confrontation.
Salih Rehman, aged 19, was stabbed outside Pizza Planet takeaway in Staniforth Road, Darnall, while walking past with relatives.
Relatives of the teenager, an apprentice with youth service Sheffield Futures and who lives in the suburb, say he is ‘lucky to be alive’.
The four-inch stab wound missed major internal organs by just a couple of inches, and he lost up to a litre of blood.
One of Mr Rehman’s cousins said: “The family is very shocked.
“Salih is very lucky to be alive. He was stabbed just below the shoulder and the blade was just a couple of inches off internal organs.
“He is well known around the area and is a good person who would not be involved in the wrong kind of stuff.”
Andy Barrs, former police superintendent who is now chief executive of Sheffield Futures, said: “Salih is a genuinely nice young man, well respected by young people and those who work with him.
“What has happened comes as a complete shock.
“Salih has a good community spirit, helping refurbish our Darnall centre and recently going on a charity walk for flood victims in Pakistan.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “It is believed that the victim was walking along Staniforth Road with his brother and two other relatives when a gold-coloured Clio car pulled up.
“Several Asian males, aged in their late teens to early twenties, got out and it’s thought that the two groups started fighting.
“The car left the scene after the incident, while others made off towards Acres Hill Road, including the alleged perpetrator, described as an Asian male, in his early twenties and dressed in a red-checked shirt and jeans.”
■ Witnesses should call 101 quoting incident 1,292 of Tuesday, June 4, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.