By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London
British born Sri Lankan Tashan Daniel, 20, was stabbed to death on Tuesday at Hillingdon underground station.
He was killed when he was on his way to watch the Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest football match. The attacker, who is still on the run, accused Tashan of “staring at him weirdly” from the other side of the tube station platform.
A spokesman for Arsenal Football Club (FC) said: “Everyone at Arsenal FC is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Arsenal fan Tashan Daniel. Our thoughts are with Tashan’s family and friends at this sad time”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who represents the constituency, where Daniel was killed, expressed his ‘heartfelt condolences’ and condemned his murder as a ‘senseless act’.
Senior investigating officer DCI Sam Blackburn said: “Tashan was an upstanding young man. He had just celebrated his 20th birthday, and was heading for London to watch Arsenal play. He did not deserve to lose his life during this senseless attack”, he said.
He added: “Tashan’s family is completely broken by the news and we are doing everything we can to offer them support.
“Over the coming days, we will have extra officers on patrol in the Hillingdon area, and detectives in the local area are speaking with residents. I am also appealing to anyone with information to get in touch with the police.
“We know that both men fled the scene in the direction of Auriol Drive. I would ask anyone, who saw anything suspicious to get in touch.
“Likewise, we’d be keen to speak with any motorist with dashcam footage from the Auriol Drive or outside Hillingdon station at approximately 3.45 pm to 4.00 pm on Tuesday”.
Tashan’s father Chandima, mother and sister were in deep shock. A vigil was held at the station on Thursday evening with a large crowd attending.