Teenager stabbed to death while attending knife awareness course
8 November 2019, 17:38 | Updated: 8 November 2019, 18:17
An 18-year-old who was stabbed to death in a council office had been attending a knife awareness course, police have confirmed.
Hakim Ishmael Daba Sillah had been at the event in the youth offending service inside Hillingdon Civic Centre in Uxbridge, on Thursday afternoon when he was attacked.
Emergency services raced to he scene shortly before 4.40pm where Hakim was found with a knife wound to his chest.
He was rushed to hospital, where despite best efforts by medics he was pronounced dead shortly before 5.30pm.
A 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder was being questioned by police on Friday afternoon.
Detectives praised a third male, in his teens, who was injured while trying to break up the fight which lead to the victim's fatal injuries.
He has since been discharged from hospital.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, leading the murder investigation for the Metropolitan Police, said the incident was "an absolute tragedy".
He added: "A young man with his whole life ahead of him has been fatally attacked and his family are absolutely devastated.
"We are doing everything we can to find those involved. What we know so far is that a fight broke out between males at the location and as a result this young man received fatal injuries.
"A second independent male bravely tried to intervene to break up the fight and as a result was also stabbed."
He said he had spoken to the victim's family on Thursday night, describing them as "absolutely broken".
Earlier on Friday morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose constituency before the election was called was Uxbridge and South Ruislip, tweeted: "Very sad news from Uxbridge last night. My thoughts are with the victims friends & family."
Asked for details of the event and if people were screened before entering the building, Hillingdon Council said in a statement: "The matter is being investigated by the police and we are unable to comment further at this time.
"Our thoughts are with the victim's family."
Mr McHugh appealed for anyone who may have captured footage of the incident or events before and after it to share it with the police.
"We've made an arrest and we are not looking for anyone else at this time but equally we need witnesses to come forward or people who hold information," Mr McHugh added.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to call police on 020 8785 8099, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.