Folajimi Orebiyi: Murdered Nigerian Teenager Had A High Hope Of Success-The murdered Nigerian Teenager, Folajimi Orebiyi, who was killed by a gang of youths in central London last Sunday night was an ambitious boy who kept promising the family of a break-through in life.
A source hinted that the sixth-form student was always hooked on his studies and was an inspiration to many around him, seeing him as a role model of a sort.
His senior brother, Ola Orebiyi had joined a Police group appeal, helping the Police to fight against crime in the area. Last night, he appealed for urgent action to reduce knife crime in London.
Ola Orebiyi, 21, an anti-knife crime campaigner, said “we can’t continue to watch young lives taken away from us”.
A 15-year old boy was among four suspects who have been arrested following the cold murder of Fola, the 17-old Nigerian teenage sixth form student.
Fola Orebiyi met his untimely death when a gang of youths chased him on bicycles in Notting Hill, west London and knifed him in cold blood. He was attacked in Portobello Road at around 8.45pm on Sunday night following a youth fight which broke out in the nearby area.
Fola collapsed just after the attack and attempts were made to save him through the efforts of both police, paramedics with air ambulance called-in to rush him to the hospital. He died on the spot of the attack.
According to a witness, blood had splattered on the ground after the teenager collapsed near busy bars restaurant on Sunday evening. He was bleeding profusely.
Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at approximately 8.45pm on Sunday, to Portobello Road, W11, following reports of an attck on a teenage boy who had been stabbed.
Officers raced to the scene and immediately administered first aid and CPR. London’s Air Ambulance were called and arrived a short time later but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem examination took place on Tuesday at Westminster Mortuary. The cause of death was given as a stab wound.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, investigating and led by Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith has appealed for calms, urging that
anyone with information should call police via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously number on 0800 555 111.
The suspected 15 year old who was arrested following Police appeal is in custody and on Tuesday night, further arrests were made as two 16 year olds are currently facing interrogation with Met police at different locations in the city. Another teenager being held has brought the total number of arrests to four. Fola’s death has drawn deep sympathy across London and beyond with appeal funds made to carry out his burial.
A crowd-funding campaign to support the cost of his funeral hit by Tuesday night was fast building up with over £6000 being expected to enable for a befitting burial. The crowdfunding page has set up by Patricia Bayewumi, the victim’s sister contained: “On Sunday July 3, our dearest family member and friend lost his life tragically taken from us.
“Fola was a good child with a promising future, he was caring, intelligent, loving and a complete joy in our lives. We will miss him dearly and will have to find a way to live without him but keep him living within our hearts.
“Fola’s death has touched the nation, we have received an influx of support from the community and has decided to set up this page for anyone who would like to donate to support with the funeral costs.