Police renew appeal over murder at Croydon knife victim vigil

John Dunne
·2-min read
<p>Reece Young died from a stab wound in Alpha Road, Croydon. </p> (Met Police.)

Reece Young died from a stab wound in Alpha Road, Croydon.

(Met Police.)

Detectives have renewed appeals for information after a young man was stabbed to death at a vigil for a teenage knife victim in south London.

Reece Young, 23, died from a chest wound after he was attacked at a gathering at the spot where Tai O’Donnell, 19, suffered fatal injuries just weeks before.

Mr Young was knifed as he and friends paid their respects at the wake in Alpha Road, Croydon, at 9.10pm on 30 March.

Paramedics battled to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A special post-mortem examination held on April 1 gave the preliminary cause of death as an incised wound to the chest.

Two men also suffering knife wounds had left the scene in a vehicle before police arrived.

They later presented themselves at a south London hospital for medical treatment.

The scene in alpha Road after the death of Reece Young.John Dunne
The scene in alpha Road after the death of Reece Young.John Dunne

Officers swooped on the hospital and arrested both men aged 33 and 32 on suspicion of murder.

The first man was later discharged from hospital and taken to a police station. He has since been bailed to return on a date in late April.

However the 32 year old assaulted police officers and NHS staff before forcing his way out of the hospital.

A manhunt was launched and he was returned to custody on March 31. He has since been bailed to return on a date in late April.

An investigation into the death is being carried by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

They have confirmed that the vigil for Mr O’Donnell, who died from stab wounds on March 3, was being held when the violence flared and Mr Young died.

Reece Young was at a vigil for Tai O’Donnell who died from fatal wounds at a flat in Alpha Road.Met Police.
Reece Young was at a vigil for Tai O’Donnell who died from fatal wounds at a flat in Alpha Road.Met Police.

Kamila Ahamad, 22, from Mitcham has been charged with murdering Mr O’Donnell.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh, who is leading the investigation into Mr Young’s death, said:We are continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area of Alpha Road that night to come forward and speak with us.

“We need to hear from anyone who has information, or who captured the fight on their mobile phones. One piece of information, no matter how small, could prove vital in us being able to provide Reece’s family with the answers they need.”

Anybody with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 7449/30MAR.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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