A 15-year-old schoolboy who was stabbed dead in the UK, has been identified as Joel Adesina.
Joel, who is also a footballer, was ambushed while taking a walk. He and his friends were chased into a housing estate in Bethnal Green, East London. The assailants caught up with them and stabbed him in the stomach last Friday.
He died three hours after he was rushed to the hospital and an 18-year-old suspect was arrested and later released, with no further action expected to be taken.
Ricky Downes, his coach at Bardag FC Yellows, says Joel was “as good as gold and talented enough to play professionally.”
“To say that myself and the club are devastated is an understatement, we are absolutely in bits. Joel was a wonderful young lad who had the world at his feet.”
“He was a very talented footballer and had ambitions of playing professionally. I think he had a future in the sport and could have played for a living. He was a very talented footballer and had ambitions of playing professionally. I think he had a future in the sport and could have played for a living.”
Downes added: “There was something about Joel that touched me and his death is totally unexpected. He never gave me any inkling that he was involved in gangs or anything like that. He was cheeky, bubbly, and a thoroughly likeable young man.”
“Police were called by London Ambulance Service to Bethnal Green Road, E2, at 23:04hrs on Friday, 5 December. Officers attended and found a 15-year-old boy suffering from serious stab injuries to the abdomen.”
“The boy was taken by London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital. Anyone who may have witnessed this altercation or have information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact the police as soon as possible.”
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