Friday 6 December 2019

‘The pain is unbearable’: Irish mum leaves poignant tribute at scene where son was stabbed to death

Hani Abou El-Kheir: stabbed
Hani Abou El-Kheir: stabbed
The scene in Pimlico, London, where 16-year-old Hani Abou El-Kheir was knifed to death

Dominic Harris

THE teen son of an Irish emigrant believed to have been attacked by a gang wielding swords and knives died from multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination has found.

Yesterday a note from his mother Pauline Hickey was left with flowers at the scene on a London street where Hani Abou El Kheir, 16, died.

It read: "My baby. My heart is broken. I love you so much, the pain is unbearable. Your loving mother."

Another tribute attached to a nearby bus stop was a copy of a touching note written by Hani to his mother, alongside a picture of him as a child.

It said: "Thank you for being the best mum. Love to mummy, thank you for everything. Love from Hani."

The tribute was signed from relatives including the teenager's grandparents, and cousins in Ireland.

Hani was set upon on the edge of Pimlico, one of London's most affluent neighbourhoods, just before 7pm on Sunday in a suspected drugs-related attack.

Emergency services battled to save his life as he lay bleeding in Lupus Street, but he died a few hours later in hospital.

Police believe Hani, who lived on the nearby Churchill Gardens estate, was assaulted by several youths and are keeping an "open mind" regarding a motive for the attack.

No-one has been arrested, Scotland Yard said.

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