Residents’ shock after teenager is stabbed to death on their street in Harlesden
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Residents on a street in Harlesden where a teenager was stabbed to death on Sunday morning have spoken of their shock.
David Alexander Headlam, 18, from Willesden, was knifed in his thigh in Drayton Road, after he was chased from nearby Park Parade by two hooded men at around 1.10am.
He died later in hospital.
The former student of Newman Catholic College in Harlesden Road, Harlesden, is the son of Bishop Alonzo Headlam, the leader of the World Vision Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
Noureddine Maslouh, who lives in Drayton Road, said: “When I heard the screams I thought kids were just playing on the street.
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“I looked out onto the street a saw a car zoom past in the opposite direction.
“It is really sad and shocking. When I heard that he died, the picture of that night instantly comes back to mind.”
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A mother of two, who does not want to be named, said that people emerged from their homes to help the teenager.
“When I found out he was dead I felt like I had lost my own child,” she said.
“ I feel sad; it should not happen to a boy his age.”
A friend of the Mr Headlam, who asked not to be named, paid tribute to his pal of more than five years.
He said: “He was a quiet and humble guy. He does not like trouble.
“I am gutted to hear the news. I can’t believe it
Detectives are keeping an open mind about the motive but are not linking it to a stabbing in Harlesden High Street the day before.
They also believe a shooting in a nearby nightclub in Park Royal two hours later is not connected to the murder.
Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses to the chase or attack or anyone who may any other information.
Anyone with information should call the incident room on 0208 358 0100 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Did you know Mr Headlam and would like to pay tribute? Call the news desk on 0207 433 6244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.