Headteacher's tribute to murdered Catford teenager

Kwame Ofosu-Asare

Kwame Ofosu-Asare

First published in Lewisham News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

POLICE are examining whether there is any link between the murder of a 17-year-old Catford student and a spate of other stabbings.

Aspiring footballer Kwame Ofosu-Asare was an innocent teenager who happened to be in the wrong place on March 2 when he was chased through Brixton by two knifemen, police say.

The student was knifed at around 5.50pm, and died as an ambulance raced him to hospital.

A post-mortem examination took place at Greenwich mortuary gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Headteacher at Forest Hill School Steve Brady said: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news of the tragic death of Kwame.

"He will be greatly missed by staff and students at the school and all our thoughts are with Kwame’s family and friends.”

Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane who is leading the investigation for the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) said: "Kwame was an innocent young man enjoying himself on a Friday afternoon when he was pursued and attacked by two knifemen.

"I am appealing for anybody who was in or around the Moorlands Estate at that time and may have any information to come forward.

"At this stage I believe that this was a random selection of victim and that Kwame could have been attacked by individuals who saw people they did not know on what they perceived to be their territory.

"I also have to consider the possibility that the attack on Kwame was carried out in revenge for the stabbing of another youth in West Norwood on or another stabbing last week.

"The two suspects responsible for this dreadful crime appear to have entered the estate from Moorlands Road close to Hillmead School. I believe they also left in the same direction."

Police are looking at whether there is any link between the killing and a stabbing in West Norwood on March 2, along with five others in Lambeth which took place on February 25.

They are also keeping an open mind on whether there is any link with a stabbing in Shardeloes Road, New Cross, at about 4.20am on Sunday which left a 20-year-old man in a serious but stable condition.

Officers say Kwame was with a friend on their way to his friend’s relative’s house in Brixton when they were chased by two young men and assaulted.

The two suspects are described as black, aged in their late teens or early 20s. They were both wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information should call 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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11:37pm Mon 5 Mar 12

mouthalmighty says...

Another beautiful, intelligent and innocent young man gone. This is so heart breaking. How much more can we take? The police are ineffective so bring out the army to protect us and our young.
Another beautiful, intelligent and innocent young man gone. This is so heart breaking. How much more can we take? The police are ineffective so bring out the army to protect us and our young. mouthalmighty
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10:28am Tue 6 Mar 12

miss sweethuney says...

we need more stop and search
we need more stop and search miss sweethuney
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12:32pm Tue 6 Mar 12

ksc says...

mouthalmighty wrote:
Another beautiful, intelligent and innocent young man gone. This is so heart breaking. How much more can we take? The police are ineffective so bring out the army to protect us and our young.
Should this not read "bring out the army to protect us from our young" it seems that half of all under 20s want the other half dead, the army in the execution of their duties unfortunately have to take life on occasions, but this is ultimately in the pursuit of peace, but kid's do it in the pursuit of trainers, money, bragging rights, or simply because there's nothing on telly. At the expense of sounding very old, the first murdering kid to get thirty years hard labour will probably be the last kid to be charged with murder!
[quote][p][bold]mouthalmighty[/bold] wrote: Another beautiful, intelligent and innocent young man gone. This is so heart breaking. How much more can we take? The police are ineffective so bring out the army to protect us and our young.[/p][/quote]Should this not read "bring out the army to protect us from our young" it seems that half of all under 20s want the other half dead, the army in the execution of their duties unfortunately have to take life on occasions, but this is ultimately in the pursuit of peace, but kid's do it in the pursuit of trainers, money, bragging rights, or simply because there's nothing on telly. At the expense of sounding very old, the first murdering kid to get thirty years hard labour will probably be the last kid to be charged with murder! ksc
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6:20pm Wed 7 Mar 12

mouthalmighty says...

Ksc. I standby what I said. Not all people under 20 are as you described. there are way more good kids than you can imagine. They don't get the publicity though. And if the army have to take a life to save a life so be it. Isn't that what war is about. And let's face it, this is akin to war.
Ksc. I standby what I said. Not all people under 20 are as you described. there are way more good kids than you can imagine. They don't get the publicity though. And if the army have to take a life to save a life so be it. Isn't that what war is about. And let's face it, this is akin to war. mouthalmighty
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