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West Ham fans to remember Forest Gate stabbing victim

VICTIM: Sami Sidhom was fatally stabbed in Forest Gate (Image: Metropolitan Police)

FANS OF West Ham football club are planning to remember Forest Gate stabbing victim Sami Sidhom at the team’s next home game.

Sidhom, 18, was yards from his home when four men jumped out of two cars and attacked him on Monday night. He was on his way home from West Ham’s match against Stoke.

West Ham player Declan Rice has called on the club and fans to join together in a minute’s applause in remembrance of Sidhom at the team’s next home game on Sunday.

Rice said: “No one deserves to go to a football match and not return home. Please join in on the minute’s applause.”

Sidhom was a student at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, and a season ticket holder at West Ham.

A message being circulated on social media, apparently written by one of Sidhom’s friends, says: “I’m calling for the support and unity of all West Ham fans and the club to get a minute’s applause in the 18th minute in our next home game against Man City, in memory of Sami.”

Police were called to Chestnut Avenue at around 10.50pm on Monday April 16. The London Ambulance Service and paramedics from London’s Air Ambulance also arrived at the scene and tried to save Sidhom but he was pronounced dead on site less than an hour later.

A post-mortem revealed multiple stab wounds to be the cause of the teenager’s death.


Memorial: A man leaves a floral tribute at the scene of Sami Sodhim's death

Speaking on Tuesday, detective inspector John Marriott, who is leading the investigation, said: “It doesn't matter how big or small you think your information may be; it could be the piece of the puzzle that helps bring the person that killed a young man last night [Monday April 16] to justice."

No arrests have been made.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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