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Finsbury Park stabbing: ‘My brother’s killer must not get away’

Sister urges witnesses to knife attack of former altar boy to come forward

27 April, 2018 — By William McLennan

Kwasi Anim-Boadu, stabbed outside a house party

THE sister of a former altar boy murdered outside a house party in Finsbury Park has called for witnesses to come forward anonymously to make sure the killer does not “get away with it”.

Kwasi Anim-Boadu, described by his family as having a “conspicuous smile and heart-warming aura”, was pronounced dead at the scene of the knife attack in Roth Walk in the early hours of Saturday.

The 20-year-old, who was known as “Junior” and “Lavish”, is believed to have been at a house party on the Andover estate. Police found him suffering from stab wounds in the street.

His sister, Naya, said: “If anyone was there, please come forward anonymously so he doesn’t get away with this.”

The family of Mr Anim-Boadu, who grew up in Camden Town, launched a fundraising drive to pay for his funeral, with £5,600 donated by more than 280 people so far.

His sister said: “Kwasi was a young boy who was full of life. He brought joy to everyone around him through his conspicuous smile and heart-warming aura. He was to turn 21 in May and had his whole life ahead of him. This has now come to an end.” She added: “His life was cut short due to a brutal and violent mindless act of knife crime.”

Flowers left in Finsbury Park at the spot where Kwasi Anim-Boadu was found

Mr Anim-Boadu’s death sent shockwaves through Camden’s Ghanian community and has been felt keenly by the parishioners of the Catholic church his family attends in Kentish Town.

Parish priest Father Tom Forde, of Our Lady Help of Christians, announced Mr Anim-Boadu’s death during a Sunday evening service.

He said the family are “very active members of the community who make a huge contribution,” adding: “Kwasi was no different.

“That is the character of the family. A lovely, close-knit family who are community minded.”

Saturday’s death comes amid a renewed focus on knife violence following a surge in stabbings.

Mr Anim-Boadu’s sister said her brother was “taken away from his friends and family in a devastating way”.

She pleaded: “If you love our community, stop killing one another.”

Actor Letitia Wright, who starred in hit movie Black Panther and is a friend of Mr Anim-Boadu’s sister, tweeted on Saturday: “This is getting closer and closer to home. Seriously this b.s. needs to stop.”

A 21-year-old man from Camden was found with stab wounds near the murder scene on Saturday. He has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

On Wednesday, a 27-year-old man was arrested, having turned himself in at a police station in central London. He has been bailed until a date in late May, pending further inquiries.

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