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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

Sri Lankan Tamil teenager - a street gang member, stabbed to death in a London street

By Walter Jayawardhana

London, 18 August, ( A 17 year old party lover and a Tamil gang member of one of a Sri Lankan Tamil groups , was stabbed to death by a taxi passenger, who passed racial slurs at him , police reports said. Nilanthan MoorthyNilanthan Moorthy

"A 17-year-old party lover was stabbed to death by a taxi passenger who in a racist tirade called him a 'f****** Indian'," a report said.

Nilanthan became the 50th young person to be murdered on London's streets since the start of 2007 after he was stabbed in the neck, police said.

Nilanthan Moorthy and some of his friends were gathered outside a party when a man in the back of a minicab, who was having an exchange of words with the driver, turned his attention on the group.

The white man in his 30s started shouting 'You f****** Indians, you f****** P***s' before being driven away, his friends claimed August 17.

But he came back and stabbed Nilanthan in the neck at 1am in Croydon, South London, The Sun reported.

Nilanthan later died in hospital at 4.30am on Sunday morning.

The sister of the murdered teenager broke down in tears as she paid tribute to her brother at the family's home yesterday.
Words cannot describe what his mum and dad are going through. They just can't cope.

His sister Santhiya, 18, learned of his death while in India, where she and her mother were visiting their critically ill grandmother.

She flew back yesterday to the family home in New Addington, near Croydon, south London, where she told reporters: 'He was my one and only brother and God has just taken him.'

His cousin, Vinisha Manivasaghan, 24, said: 'Words cannot describe what his mum and dad are going through. They just can't cope.'

The 17-year-old, who had friends in the ‘Croydon Boys’ street gang, was attacked at about 1 A.M. on Saturday. He was with friends in Croydon when a man got out a taxi and got involved in a fight with them, fatally knifing Nilanthan.

Local shop owner Ruban Mani, 26, was quoted having told a local newspaper that 'His group was always hanging around here and causing trouble. They must have upset someone who lost their temper.

'Moorthy was all right, but his friends were bad boys. The people he was friends with wasted his life for no reason.'

The murder of the Sri Lankan Tamil, who was studying economics at Bromley College, has caused community leaders to appeal for calm.

- Asian Tribune -

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