Parents of girl stabbed to death raced to scene to say goodbye but were too late

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    The parents of a 15-year-old girl who was stabbed to death on the way to school reportedly raced to the scene to say goodbye to her, but they were too late.

    A bus driver and passer-by desperately tried to save a teenage girl after she was attacked in Croydon, south east London, at around 8.30am this morning as police quickly moved to arrest a boy, 17, thought to be known to the victim.

    Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance also attended the scene near Whitgift shopping centre, but the child was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A community worker called James Watkins said that the girl’s parents were summoned to the scene this morning but were “unable to make it” in time to say goodbye to their daughter.

    He told the Mirror: "“They are devastated and I would say, more importantly, in shock. I don’t think it feels real to them at the moment."

    The family “are not at a stage yet” to be thinking of paying tribute to the girl, who had siblings, James said – adding that they are “just in shock and disbelief.”

    James, a support worker, added: "I got a phone call from the police and came down, and it was here I spoke to the family.

    "They received a call to come to the scene shortly after the incident happened. Unfortunately they (were not) able to arrive in time (before she died.)"

    Donna Murray-Turner, of community group Another Night of Sisterhood, said she was also there to offer the girl’s family support this morning. She told the Mirror: “Words like devastated and disbeliefs and shock are not enough.

    “Imagine you got a phone call asking where you where you are, are you by yourself, get on transportation, then to find out that your child is gone. How would anyone feel?”

    Both community groups will be supporting the schoolgirl’s family, as well as friends who were at the scene and witnessed the incident, in the coming days and weeks.

    A vigil is to be held later this evening for the young teenage girl, at a local church.

    Victor Asare was on a bus on the way home from a night shift as a security worker when he said he saw a boy in a black blazer stab a girl in the neck with a knife which was “black, thin and about a foot long”.

    He said: “The boy wore a black blazer, the girl wore green. It looked like the girl didn’t want the boy to come closer.” He then described the boy stabbing the girl in the neck with a black knife.

    The 50-year-old described how the stabbing took place, and the horrifying aftermath. He added. "A lot of people came, everyone came off the bus. [The boy] ran away. Everybody was crying and screaming. The girl was on the floor.

    "We tried to catch him and a lot of people tried to save the girl. I was so shocked, I was shaken. It’s somebody’s daughter. I finished work but couldn’t sleep, so came back, I wanted to see if the girl was OK.”

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