‘No more senseless bloodshed’– mother’s knife death appeal’

A MOTHER whose son died after being stabbed in St Paul’s has made a powerful plea for the community to come together to help find his killers.

Eddie King Muthemba Kinuthia, 19, was attacked in Grosvenor Road Triangle Park at about 11pm on Friday July 21.

Six people have been arrested since the stabbing but as the Voice went to print no one had been charged with Eddie’s murder.

Irene Muthemba told a news conference on August 10: “We all make mistakes sometimes but mistakes do not give anybody the right to end someone else’s life. To think that someone woke up and decided they have the right to rip our hearts wide open in a needless, senseless, shameless and cowardly act of violence is so distressing.

“I don’t have the capacity to hate them or even feel angry. I just feel incredibly sad for their souls. Whoever you are that did this, I feel incredibly sad for you, that your mothers, your fathers, your siblings, your close friends or your spouses and anyone else in your life now have to harbour, aid and abet a criminal.

“I’m appealing to your conscience, because someone out there must know something that can assist to get justice for Eddie. We can have a peaceful resolution. Because there’s already been enough senseless bloodshed.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Almond who is leading the investigation, urged anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “Everyone we’ve spoken to has praised Eddie’s friendliness and warmth and his death has had a profound impact on his family, friends and the community. We are determined to get justice for Eddie and answers for his family.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Serena Serjeant told the news conference Eddie’s death had had  a massive impact on the community.

“Obviously I urge anyone that is scared to come and speak to us, and we can put reassurances in place. You know, the main thing for us is solving this crime and getting justice for Eddie’s family, and bringing those offenders to justice as well.”

Detectives want to hear from anyone who:

• was in contact with Eddie on Friday 21 July in person or by phone or social media

• was in the Grosvenor Road area of St Paul’s between 10pm and 11.30pm on Friday 21 July

• saw a black electric motorbike, similar to a Sur-Ron electric trials bike, in the area at the time, with one or two riders.

If you have any information which could help, call 101 quoting Operation Barclay.