AN ARSENAL fan was stabbed to death on his way to a match after giving thugs “a weird stare” on a tube platform in West London yesterday.
Tashan Daniel, 20, was fatally knifed in an unprovoked attack in front of terrified rush-hour commuters at Hillingdon Station just before 4pm.
The Arsenal fan was on his way to see the Gunners play with a pal when he was fatally stabbed in an unprovoked attack
Boris Johnson today offered his “heartfelt condolences” to the talented photographer’s parents, calling his killing “a senseless act” as cops launched a murder investigation.
British Transport Police said Tashan and a pal were waiting for a London-bound Piccadilly Line train as they headed to see the Gunners against Nottingham Forest.
Two other men entered the station and provoked a fight, with one suspect pulling out a knife and stabbing Tashan.
Emergency services raced to the station but, Tashan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both men fled the station in the direction of Auriol Drive, stealing clothes from a washing line to cover their bloodstained clothing.
Pals today paid tribute to Tashan, who was a keen track runner, with one friend describing him as the “softest guy”.
The friend said: “It’s a big shock to us. You’d never think he’d be involved in something like this.
“I’d heard someone on the opposite platform said he was staring at him weirdly.”
‘NICE, QUIET GUY’
Luke Flynn, 26, a work colleague and former schoolmate, said: “He will be missed my his friends family and work colleagues.
“He was really involved in his track running. I’m pretty sure he was one of the better runners in the UK.
“He was always doing it every weekend. He was doing really well in the 100m and 60ms.
“He was a nice guy, quiet, and just got on with his work. It’s sickening. It’s horrible to hear, he was such a nice guy, he was always up for helping.
“Everyone was taken aback when they heard.”
Schoolmate Param, 19, said: “He was innocent, kind, loving and caring.
“He’s the last person I would think to be involved in something like this. He loved his athletics, he was a photographer, he was very talented. I’m shocked.”
Friends left bouquets of flowers with cards at the station entrance.
One read: “Our thoughts are with your family at this tragic time. Such a waste. Time for people to stand up and say no more!”
Another said: “Rest in peace Tashan. Sadly your life has been cut short. A beloved son, brother. Love to you all.”
Hibo Ali, 32, told The Evening Standard around 30 people fled the station “screaming” after Tashan was knifed.
Hibo said: “There was a woman on the floor in tears. She told me that the boys waited for the train to stop, stabbed him and then ran out of the station with everyone else.
“They had all been on the train together apparently.
“There was a big pool of blood and the staff were performing CPR on him. I went down the stairs into the station and everyone was telling us to leave.”
Jamie Johnston, 27, added: “The guys ran out the station and straight towards my estate and took some clothes off someone’s washing line to hide the blood on themselves.”
No arrests have been made and cops recovered a knife nearby after yesterday’s horror stabbing.
CI Sam Blackburn, Senior Investigating Officer described Tashan as “an upstanding young man”.
There was a woman on the floor in tears. She told me that the boys waited for the train to stop, stabbed him and then ran out of the station with everyone else. They had all been on the train together apparently
He said: “He had only just celebrated his 20th birthday and was heading into London to watch Arsenal play. He did not deserve to lose his life during this senseless attack.
“His family are completely broken by this news and we are doing everything we can to offer them support.”
Cops will beef up patrols in the area and have urged anyone who saw anything suspicious to come forward.
One terrified commuter said: “They told everyone to leave the station immediately as most people were still quite scared and hanging [around] on the far side of the platform.
“The event occurred closer to the stairs so it was not quite clear what was happening as we exited.
TWO KNIFE MURDERS IN THREE HOURS
“A lot of blood was obvious and, furthermore, a person giving CPR on the train floor.”
Less than three hours later a man in his 20s was knifed to death just a few miles away in Ealing.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.48pm and one person has been arrested on suspicion of affray.
It comes as London battles a knife crime epidemic as the capital’s murder rate this year reached more than 100.
Twenty teens have been killed in the capital this year, 18 of whom were fatally stabbed.
Last year was London’s bloodiest in a decade – when the number of murders reached 132.
It comes a day after a man in his early 20s was stabbed to death less than five miles away outside shops in Southall.
Source:The Sun UK.