Across the road from my son's school are some blocks of flats. In fact, many children that attend the school together with my son live in those flats. And it was behind these flats that the murder happened.
Saw the news on TV last week but somehow it didn't click for Mr S and I that the murder actually happened very, very near our area.
Until we saw the scene (in the pic right) on Sunday, while waiting for my friends, the 'muslim mums' and their families to go together in a convoy for a barbecue.
The boy was 14 years old and he was stabbed straight in the heart by another boy, 1 year younger than him. There was also another boy, age 15, in critical condition in hospital. I think there was a gang fight or something like that.
One of the muslim mums heard loud noises on that fateful night right after she finished her maghrib prayers and looked out her window. She saw the boy, who was tall (and could easily be mistaken as a man) lying a few doors away from his mother's house - his mother was wailing and screaming in anguish beside him.
It was a heart wrenching scene, I bet. But the boy was already dead at the time. He had staggered home after being stabbed but did not make it to his door...
This is the 3rd lethal stabbing and 7th murder of under age boys (under 16) due to gang wars etc. since January here in London. And the recent one happened so very near our home that it has caused both Mr S and I to worry.
Many thoughts crossed my mind after finding out about this incident. My first thought was; "Kesian, orang-orang kulit hitam ni...their youths' moral is deteriorating every day. What are they doing about it? It is to the point that most people equate these youths to violence and aggression..."
And then; "That boy should have been at home, it was already dark then (Maghrib) and I remember when I was around that age, we all had to come home before Maghrib..14 years old is still very young no matter how 'big' one's size is!"
And then, I imagined my own sons in that situation and I shuddered.
I pray for the safety of my family in this dangerous world that we live in..