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Pictured: Man, 29, stabbed to death while ‘minding his own business’ in London park as detectives hunt for two suspects spotted fleeing the scene on bikes

  • Kalabe Legesse, 29, was fatally stabbed in the heart in a south London park
  • The attack is thought to have been random while he was sitting in the grounds
  • Police are appealing for witnesses who were in the area to come forward 

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A 29-year-old man who died of a stab wound to the heart while sitting in a south London park last week has been pictured for the first time.

Kalabe Legesse was the victim of what is thought to have been a random attack on Friday, December 30 as he was ‘minding his own business’ in Peckham Rye Park.

He suffered serious stab injuries and was discovered at 8.24pm near a cafe off Strakers Road in the park. 

Despite the best efforts of London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance crews, the 29-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene half an hour later.  

Kalabe Legesse, 29, was fatally stabbed while 'minding his own business' in Peckham Rye Park on December 30, in what is thought to have been a random attack

Kalabe Legesse, 29, was fatally stabbed while ‘minding his own business’ in Peckham Rye Park on December 30, in what is thought to have been a random attack

Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation as the hunt for the assailant continues

Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation as the hunt for the assailants continues

A post-mortem has since found the cause of his death to be a haemorrhage and a stab wound to the heart.

Mr Legesse’s family was informed and are being supported by specialist officers. 

Police officers described the incident as a ‘brutal and senseless attack’. 

Officers are now appealing for information and are searching for two suspects who were seen fleeing the park on pedal cycles in the moments after the ‘brutal and senseless’ attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘Kalabe’s family and friends have been left devastated by his death, which occurred after a brutal and senseless attack when he was simply sitting in the park, minding his own business.

‘We have been working tirelessly to identify those responsible and are keen to hear from anyone who was in or around the park, particularly in the area near the café and playground, at about 8pm. 

‘At this early stage in the investigation we believe we are looking for two suspects riding pedal bikes, who fled the scene towards Peckham Rye.’

After the stabbing, a New Year’s Eve run scheduled to take place in the park was cancelled. 

 

Police rand forensic officers were pictured on the scene the day after the tragedy

Police rand forensic officers were pictured on the scene the day after the tragedy

Police at the scene in Peckham, south London after a man in his late 20s was stabbed to death in a park on December 30

Police at the scene in Peckham, south London after a man in his late 20s was stabbed to death in a park on December 30

‘At this early stage in the investigation we believe we are looking for two suspects riding pedal bikes, who fled the scene towards Peckham Rye.’

After the stabbing, a New Year’s Eve run scheduled to take place in the park was cancelled. 

Any who witnessed the incident, or who has information about what happened, is asked to call 101 with the reference 6165/30Dec22. Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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