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Deliveroo driver aged 21 stabbed to death in east London

  • Kaan Aslan, 21, was stabbed in the heart while on way home from Deliveroo job
  • He was just 100 yards from his home in east London estate at time of attack
  • Family were woken by police with the news and are ‘heartbroken’ at loss
  • Metropolitan Police launched murder probe and are appealing for witnesses¬†

A delivery driver has been stabbed to death after being ambushed on his way home from a night shift.

Kaan Aslan, 21, was just yards away from his home in Clapton, Hackney, when he was attacked, according to his family.

Relatives said Mr Aslan was working for Deliveroo to fund his education but was attacked in his car shortly after midnight this morning.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but despite treatment he could not be saved.

Kaan Aslan, pictured, was killed after being stabbed in the heart while returning to his east London home from his Deliveroo night shift this morning

His cousin Ugur, 33, told the Evening Standard his parents and younger brother were woken up by police delivering the news.

Ugur said: ‘His dad is a chef, he had finished a shift and gone to bed. The next thing he knew was the police at the door, saying he had been stabbed once in the heart and died instantly. He always finished late and had only just started the job to get pocket money to fund a better life.

‘He was a good person. He was a kind caring boy, no way was he ever in any trouble. He has a younger brother who is 11. Kaan was his role model, he is heartbroken.’

The family say they have no idea behind the motive of the attack and described Mr Aslan as ‘friendly, hard-working and respectful’.

Ugur added: ‘The family came here for a better life and were working hard for better things. Nothing will be the same for us ever again. There are too many knives on the streets and lives lost here.’

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it has launched a murder investigation and the area has been cordoned off pending inquiries.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command team is investigating and no arrests have been made yet.

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8345 3865.


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