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Mohamed Aadam murder: Family’s second knife death tragedy

'We never thought it would happen again', say relatives as man is stabbed to death four years after cousin was killed in the street

07 September, 2017 — By William McLennan

Mohamed Aadam 

A FAMILY was last night (Wednesday) in a state of deep shock as they mourned the second young man in their household to be stabbed to death in the street within four years.

Mohamed Aadam, 20, who was attacked with a knife in Camden Town shortly before midday on Monday, was only 16 when his 20-year-old cousin Mohamed Abdullahi was murdered in 2013. His uncle and Mr Abdullahi’s father, Aydarus Ahmed, who has campaigned to end the blight of youth violence, last night said the family had been left “speechless” by another tragedy.

He said: “We are all in shock. We never thought it would happen again and now after four years we are here again.” Mr Aadam, from Kentish Town, died the day before a report on preventing youth crime was submitted to Camden Council, which records “upward trends in violence” in the past six years.

The former Haverstock School pupil, who was known as “Moe” and “Mitch”, was described by friends as a young man who spread laughter and happiness through their lives. A keen Manchester United fan, he was due to celebrate his 21st birthday later this month. One classmate remembered “busting jokes” together at the school in Haverstock Hill, while a childhood friend said: “So many people will suffer hearing this news, but at least I know you’ll be in heaven.”

Another friend said: “He was the most genuine kind hearted guy ever, he did everything and anything to make everyone around him happy. There was never a dull moment with him. I shared 8 years of amazing memories with him and he had his whole life ahead of him. He was so ambitious and driven and I always knew he’d do so well and make his family proud.”

She added: “He was supposed to turn 21 on the 25th of this month and it’s sad he didn’t get to reach it. I don’t know why anyone would want to take such a precious persons life he never deserved it. I feel like this isn’t real and Its all a dream just waiting to wake up. I hope he’s  in a better place now. He will never be forgotten, his family and friends loved him so much.”

He died at the scene of the attack in Hampstead Road despite the efforts of medics, who attempted live-saving emergency surgery as he lay on the pavement.

Flowers and tributes for ‘Moe’ Aadam

Large sections of roads were cordoned off around the scene throughout Monday. Police said he had been stabbed “multiple times” as he walked next to the Ampthill Square estate. Members of the public came to his aid as he lay stricken on the pavement before emergency services arrived. Floral tributes and candles have been left at the scene, with a placard that reads “rest in perfect peace Moe aka Mitch”.

His cousin, who was known as “Lefty”, had died after being stabbed in York Way in June 2013. Hours after his son’s death, Mr Ahmed had called for an end to reprisals and later campaigned for support, education and forgiveness for London’s “lost young people” to bring an end to street violence. Mr Ahmed, who moved to Camden from Somalia in the 1990s, was presented with a “peace award” for his work by the Somali Youth and Development Resource Centre in Kentish Town back in April 2014.

Mohamed Abdullahi died in 2013

Speaking at the award ceremony, he said: “We need to help each other to stop this kind of violence and tragedy. We need to educate our children to achieve better in the future and live in a safer environment with love to grow up our children. It is not only black and white, Somali or English or whatever, it is the whole community. If we come together and help them get through, they might have a better life.”

But despite the efforts of anti-knife crime campaigners, in the years since his son was killed the level of youth violence has more than doubled, according to a report submitted to a council scrutiny committee at the Town Hall on Tuesday night. It said: “Offence trend data over the last six years indicates upward trends in violence against the person.”

The were 63 violent attacks by young persons that led to police action in 2013 rising to 143 last year, according to the report. Referring specifically to knife crime, it said there were 59 stabbings in Camden between April 2016 and March this year, an 11 per cent increase on the previous 12 months. Across London there was a 24 per cent increase in the same period.

Concerns have been raised in recent months over a number of vicious street attacks, believed to have been linked to the drug trade, and a young man remains in hospital with head wounds after being fired at with a shotgun in Agar Grove in August.

l A 17-year-old boy, who can not be named because of his age, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was charged with Mr Aadam’s murder. He was remanded into custody ahead of an Old Bailey hearing. Detectives said they are “not seeking anyone else in connection with this incident”. 

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