Student murdered over stolen BlackBerry
The family of a teenager murdered as he tried to retrieve a stolen BlackBerry today said his younger brother is haunted by the memory of holding him in his arms as he bled to death.
Dogan Ismail, 17, was stabbed in front of 15-year-old brother Orhan when they went to confront a gang of muggers who had stolen the younger boy’s mobile phone.
Dogan, a promising business student with no links to gangs or crime, was knifed once in the chest on Sunday on the notorious Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, where rapper Tinie Tempah grew up.
Orhan, who is due to return to school next week, tried in vain to stem the blood.
The killing took place outside a block of flats, only yards from where 21-year-old Shaun Chambers was stabbed to death in September.
The brothers’ cousin Sultan Orun, 25, who works as a childminder, said:
“Orhan is distraught. I feel so sorry for him. He said this picture of the stabbing will stay in his memory for the rest of his life.”
Ms Orun added:
“He phoned me and said ‘Dogan’s been stabbed, you’ve got to come.’ Dogan collapsed in his brother’s arms and Orhan was holding his chest to stop the blood.” Paramedics fought in vain at the scene to save the wounded Walworth Academy student.
Mr Orun described him as “a family boy” who had never been in trouble with police. She said: “We grew up together. He was like a brother. He was always joking and trying to please everyone.
“He used to light up the room when he came in. If there were children in the family who were having a row he would play with them and they would quieten down.
“He was really career-minded. He was always telling me, ‘I want to have my own business.’ Why did they do this over a stupid phone? I hate them. They took him away from me. There has got to be justice.”
Dogan’s uncle Ali Hussein, 50, said his nephew played basketball at the Damilola Taylor Centre, named in honour of the 10-year-old who was stabbed to death in 2000 close to the Aylesbury Estate.
Mr Hussein, a train driver, said:
“We’re a working family. None of us have ever been in trouble or have records. Dogan was a good boy and he was planning his future. ”
He added: “Orhan had been mugged and they took his phone. He said he thought this guy was going to give him his phone back but instead he stabbed Dogan and just casually walked away. How can someone do that just for nothing?”
Scotland Yard has renewed appeals for a teenager wanted for questioning over the death to hand himself in.
Police have taken the unusual step of naming Dawda Jallow, 15, a Gambian national, from Peckham, as someone they wish to speak to in connection with the killing.
Jallow, who is described as 5ft 5in tall, of slight build and with cropped afro hair, is pictured on a Facebook page.
Detectives are investigating reports that the two brothers were lured to the estate so that a younger member of a gang could stab someone to prove himself.
Orhan was robbed of his BlackBerry two days before the stabbing and recognised some of the muggers as schoolmates. He then got a call telling him he could get the phone back if he came to the estate.
The brothers were confronted by a group of up to four men outside Latimer House in Beaconsfield Road just before 4.20pm on Sunday afternoon.
Witnesses allege that one of the group suddenly stabbed Dogan without warning.
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Both have been bailed.