A 15-year-old Ghanaian footballer, Baptista Adjei, has been gruesomely murdered in the UK, according to local news websites.
Ghanasoccernet and Dailymail Ghana report that an unnamed teenage suspect has been arrested and detained in connection with the murder
“The suspect was arrested after he handed himself at the East London police station, officials said on Friday. The Metropolitan Police Department says the yet to be identified suspect remained in custody on suspicion of murder,” reports Dailymail Ghana.
It is not clear why the boy was stabbed but reports indicate that Baptista was stabbed in his school uniform outside McDonald’s, in Stratford Broadway, at 3:20 pm on Thursday.
Online portal metro.co.uk reported that paramedics tried to keep the teenager alive, who witnesses saw collapsed in a pool of blood, 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.
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 the 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.
Their deaths take the number of teenagers murdered in the capital this year to 23.