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Family loses two sons to knife crime in six months



A family that lost two sons to knife crime hope an image of the bloody murder weapon used to kill one of their children will help prevent similar attacks.

Mohamed Aadam Mohamed, 20, was stabbed to death in Camden, north London, on 4 September, 2017.

The graphic image has been released by police as Erick Ekam, 19, was being sentenced at the Old Bailey for murder.

The court had heard how Ekam, who was described by police as “wicked” and “dangerous”, stabbed Mr Mohamed in the back after a brief confrontation.

The knife used to kill Mohamed Aadam Mohamed
The knife used to kill Mohamed Aadam Mohamed

Mr Mohamed ran away and collapsed in the street in front of a plain clothes police officer, who witnessed the attack and gave chase.

Details of Mr Mohamed’s brother’s death cannot be reported on at this stage for legal reasons.

Their mother, Fowsioa Abdi, said: “There are really no words in existence that accurately describe or quantify the pain and grief that the murder of our son has left us to bear.

“Mohamed was ripped from the hearts of four other siblings that day, a father, mother, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmas and friends, all of whom he shared a unique individual relationship with.

Erick Ekam, 19, was found guilty of murder
Erick Ekam, 19, was found guilty of murder

“He was a young man with great ambitions and life goals. He had invincible confidence and would often say ‘Just wait ’til I’m older and see what I achieve’.

“Losing a loved one is painful enough, but to hear and see the way in which he was so swiftly taken away from us makes the pain indescribable.

“We honestly have no idea where we will begin to recover from this tragedy.

“Our only hope at this point is that the individual responsible for his death has been brought to justice.

“Although it will never remedy or console the immense hole that now resides in all our hearts, it will at least honour his memory with knowing that those responsible did not escape the consequences.”

Scotland Yard’s detective chief inspector Noel McHugh said: “Ekam is a wicked, dangerous young man who went out with a knife, intent on inflicting harm.

“His mindless actions have robbed a family of a much-loved son.

“They are a remarkable family who have lost two sons to knife crime in six months and a cousin five years ago. They have been so supportive and dignified.”

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