Tributes paid to stabbed schoolboy, 15, as heartbroken friends vow to ‘make him proud’
Touching tributes have been paid to a 15-year-old schoolboy who ‘was chased’ and stabbed to death in a park.
Deshaun James Tuitt was found suffering from knife wounds at Highbury Fields, north London, on August 4.
An eyewitness says she heard the teen tell police, ‘I’m dying’, and sobbed while he lay bleeding on the ground.
The woman says she saw Deshaun being treated and comforted by police after the attack but couldn’t see any blood.
Deshaun was rushed to hospital where he died a short time later.
The teenager’s devastated friends have expressed their grief and condolences on social media saying it ‘didn’t feel real’ and how much they ‘missed’ Deshaun.
One wrote: “I miss Deshaun so much and I just need him next to me again.
“We would just sit and just talk about life and our future and you would always use to laugh at me… You are now with God and ur sufferings are no long dede.”
While another said: “It still doesn’t feel real but we have to fight for him together and make him proud.”
A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to have been a stab wound, shock and haemorrhage.
Deshaun’s next of kin have been informed and continue to be supported by specialist officers.
Detective Inspector Ben Dalloway of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “The investigation team are fully focused on securing justice for Deshaun and his family.
“We are working around the clock and are very keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Highbury Fields between 8pm and 9pm on Thursday, 4 August.
“Did you see anyone running or behaving suspiciously? Can you help us build a picture of the events that led to Deshaun being stabbed?
“You will continue to see police in the area for the foreseeable future, please approach them with any information you may have.”
Borough Commander for Camden and Islington, Chief Superintendent Andy Carter said: “This is an incredibly tragic case where a young man`s life has been ended prematurely despite the efforts of the police officers and LAS who arrived on scene very quickly.
“Deshaun had his whole life in front of him and that has now been cruelly taken away and our thoughts are with his family and friends who will be devastated by this loss.
“I would like to thank the local community who have contacted the incident room and provided really vital information in the last few days. The willingness of the community to help us in this has been incredibly important in these early stages.
“We know that there were lots of people in the park on Thursday evening, many of whom were young people who may be finding it difficult to come forward.
“I would urge you to think about Deshaun`s family who are looking for answers. You may hold vital information that enables us to provide those answers; please don’t keep it to yourself.
“We will support you if you come forward to speak to us in confidence.
“I also appeal to anyone else who was in the park that night who may even have been a victim of another crime themselves to report this to us as it may help this investigation.
“On Thursday evening, a week after Deshaun died, you will see additional officers in the park conducting a witness appeal. Please do feel free to approach them.
“We are committed to tackling violence in all forms and our current summer violence plan, being delivered with partners, is focussed on keeping our open spaces safe as they are used by so many people particularly during this warm weather.
“We have reviewed the locations where we need to provide extra patrols in the days ahead to ensure our presence deters violent incidents such as this from happening. “