Welling stabbing murder: Tributes to Yemurai Kanyangarara, 16

PUBLISHED: 10:44 04 July 2011 | UPDATED: 11:01 04 July 2011

Fawaz Achiever and Idris Onanusi, both 16, went to the scene to pay their respects to their friend who they said was respectful.

Fawaz Achiever and Idris Onanusi, both 16, went to the scene to pay their respects to their friend who they said was respectful.


The best friend of a promising footballer who was with him when he was murdered said “there was nothing bad to say about him” and he was a “good friend”.

Yemurai Kanyangarara, 16, from Belvedere, died after being stabbed at 5pm in Upper Wickham Lane, Welling, on Friday, after being set upon by three youths.

Over the weekend, hundreds of friends and family, have been leaving tributes to the teenager who was a promising footballer and was a former member of Welling United’s Under 16s team.

His best friend Jack Forde, 16, from Erith, who was with him when he was attacked, said: “He was my best friend. I saw it happen. He dropped and fell into my arms.

“There is nothing bad to say about him. He was a good friend. He was my best friend. We had been friends for five years. He was popular at school. It (the attack) was all random.”

Police officers were at the scene on Saturday afternoon after large crowds gathered to pay their respects.

Farrand Millen, 16, was together with him at St Columbus school in Bexleyheath. He said: “He was quiet and respectful. He wasn’t a fighting guy. He would never look for trouble. He was caring.”

Fawaz Achiever, 16, year 11 pupil at St Columbus, said: “He wasn’t part of all of this. He didn’t deserve this. He wasn’t about this stuff. He was doing what he does best, football.”

Idris Onanusi, 16, from Woolwich, a pupil at Woolwich Poly who knew Yemurai when he played at Welling, said: “He was a funny guy. He would make jokes and stuff. He would think about people before he made a joke and would never offend anybody. He was a very good footballer. He played centre defence. He had a passion for it.”

Police arrested a male at the scene of the attack on Friday but he was released on the same day with no further action. No further arrests have been made.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that might assist police should call the incident room at Lewisham police station on 020 8721 4906, or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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