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Victim’s family ‘pray’ for end to knife crime

20-year-old Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias was stabbed to death at a New Year’s Eve party

12 January, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

An online fundraising page has been launched to pay for Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias’s funeral

THE family of a 20-year-old man who was stabbed to death at a New Year’s Eve party say they “pray” his death “brings knife crime to an end”.

Detectives investiga­ting the murder have named the victim as Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias, from south London.

Emergency services were called to Bartholomew Court, near Old Street, at 2.35am on New Year’s Day where two men were found with stab wounds.

About an hour later, Mr Narvaez-Arias was pronounced dead at the scene. The second man, also aged 20, was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

Mr Narvaez-Arias was one of four men killed across London on New Year’s Eve, taking last year’s death toll from knife crime in the capital to 80.

In a statement, the family of Mr Narvaez-Arias said: “Someone has taken away our only beautiful son and brother, without thinking about the pain and sadness that it has caused our family and friends, especially his two-year-old sister and two older sisters, aged 15 and 16. They all loved him unconditionally. We pray to God that Steve’s death brings knife crime to an end.”

An online fundraising page launched to pay for Mr Narvaez-Arias’ funeral reached its £5,000 target in just two days.

The JustGiving page said he was an aspiring pilot who was “one step closer to achieving his dream” by studying physics and aerospace at the University of Hertfordshire. It added: “He was passionate about music as well as football. A young man who was loved amongst his family and peers and as the Ecuadorian young man he was, he was full of life and loved a great party.”

A post-mortem examination at Whittington Hospital gave a preliminary cause of death as “incised wounds”.

Three men arrested on suspicion of murder, two aged 19 and one aged 18, have all been bailed.

DCI Andrew Packer, who is leading the investigation, said: “I am appealing to anyone who attended the party to come forward and speak to police. I need to trace everyone who was present as they may be witnesses to this violent attack.”

Anyone who has information that could assist the investigation is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3865, or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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