TRIBUTES have been paid to a “caring and loved” teenager who was stabbed to death on a football pitch.
Afghan refugee Hazrat Wali, 18, was attacked during a fight in Craneford Way, Twickenham, South West London, in broad daylight yesterday afternoon.
The teenager, who was a student at Richmond Upon Thames College, had arrived in the UK two years ago for a better life.
A relative living in Stanmore told the Evening Standard: “Hazrat was a very good boy.
“He came here to study, he was living all on his own in London. His immediate family are all back in Afghanistan.
“I saw him in hospital. He had a fight is all that I’ve heard.”
His close friend Sahil Kochay said: “He was a very good person. Very caring and loved everyone.
“He didn’t hold any hate towards anybody. He used to stand up for everyone. I wish I knew why someone would hurt him. He wasn’t the kind of guy to fight.”
Mr Wali was reportedly stabbed in the middle of a sports field in front of schoolchildren, whose teacher ran over to try to help the teen.
The hero teacher from Richmond Upon Thames School, reportedly shielded his pupils who had been playing rugby from the horror before trying to perform CPR.
One mum, whose 13-year-old son had been playing rugby said: “The boys were arguing for a while.
“The teacher began filming and moved the younger kids away from them. The older boys kept on walking to the footbridge where the row carried on.
“The teacher went over, the boys scarpered and the poor boy dropped to the floor. He was the first to realise he had been stabbed.
“The teacher did an amazing job, to film them and then go over there and try to help and call emergency services.
“My son is now petrified of knives but he is level-headed and ok. He said it was quite far away but he did see the boy drop to the floor.
“I saw the boy he was lying on the floor and was covered with another boys jacket.
The teacher was performing CPR on him, he was in rugby kit and there were lots of other boys around
“The teacher was performing CPR on him, he was in rugby kit and there were lots of other boys around.
“There were a few girls who were sat down on the side of the grass who were in tears and must have known the boy, they looked devastated.”
Dr Jason Jones, Principal of Richmond upon Thames College, where Mr Wali attended said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends at this… Brinkwire Brief News.