Detectives Name Zaian Aimable-Lina, 15, As Victim Of Fatal Stabbing In Croydon

Met police have named the victim of a fatal stabbing in Croydon as officers continue to appeal for information.

Zaian Aimable-Lina, 15, known to the locals, was stabbed to death at 19:00hrs on Thursday, 30 December.

His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

A murder probe was launched after police were called to an assault and stabbing in Ashburton Park, Croydon, on Thursday.

Officers attended and found Zaian suffering from stab wounds. 

First aid was applied prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service, and despite best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 19:36hrs.

Zaian Aimable-Lina
Zaian Aimable-Lina

Detectives said they arrested a 15-year-old boy on Friday, 31 December, on suspicion of murder.

He was taken to a south London police station and later released on bail to a date in late January.

A post-mortem examination was held on Saturday, 1 January and gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart, police said in a statement.

Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command investigation, led by Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, said: “My thoughts continue to be with Zaian’s family and friends as they cope with this tragic loss. 

“My team are continuing to work around the clock so that we can give Zaian’s family the answers they deserve.

“Zaian’s death has sent shockwaves through the local community and London as a whole. He was just 15- years old and had his whole life ahead of him, and we need the community to work with us to bring those responsible to justice. No matter how insignificant you may think it, if you have information that can help, you must do the right thing and contact us immediately.”

Superintendent Dan Knowles of the South Area Command Unit, which polices Croydon, said: “This tragic loss of a young life on our streets has rightly and understandably caused considerable concern among the local community.

“Our colleagues in Specialist Crime are continuing their investigation, and my officers are carrying out enhanced patrols in the local area. I urge anyone who can help us to approach those officers and tell us what you know.”

Detectives are asking anyone with useful information to call the police on 101 quoting reference CAD 5443/30Dec or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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