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Tooting stab victim was student who had 'turned life around'

TURNING HIS LIFE AROUND: Lewis Elwin

A STUDENT was stabbed to death just minutes after being dropped off by his mother to meet a friend, it has been reported.

Lewis Elwin, 20, who was training to become an electrician at Merton College, was knifed in the back by a gang who ambushed him as he walked alone in Tooting, south London at around 3.30pm yesterday (April 18).

Members of the public battled to save his life before paramedics arrived, but he died at the scene “a short while later”, the Met said.

A murder investigation has now been launched.

His half-brother Simon Elwin told The Evening Standard: “He was a good person. He was gentle, quiet, polite. He had been in some trouble in the past and was turning his life around. He didn’t deserve this.”

“He wasn’t involved in violence. He wanted to be successful and to have his own family – the normal things a person wants.”

Mr Elwin, a former pupil of Graveney School, grew up in Southfields with his mother Sandra, who works for Wandsworth Council, and his father Peter, a council disabled community transport driver. He had a younger sister and four half-brothers.

He is said to have been deeply affected by the death of his father aged 72 from a sudden adverse reaction to an angiogram in St George’s Hospital.

He had enrolled in Merton College where he was in his third year after taking a decision to “make something of his life” after being stabbed several years ago, the publication reported.

A Met spokesman said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 3.47pm on Monday to reports of a stabbing in Penwortham Road, Tooting. Officers attended and found a man suffering from stab injuries. He died at the scene a short while later.

“A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course. Formal identification awaits. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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