Jacob Abraham was stabbed to death on Thursday night
The identity of a teenage boxer, who was stabbed to death near a primary school 10 days before his 16th birthday, has been revealed today.
Jacob Abraham was found suffering from multiple stab wounds by his brother Isaac, 19, in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire on Thursday night.
Police are appealing for more information concerning the incident after a 14-year-old was arrested and released on bail over the weekend.
The boy’s family are said to be ‘absolutely torn apart’ by the tragedy.
Jacob had left his home earlier in the evening, having received a number of phone calls. Later, his brother Isaac, 19, went out to look for him when he did not come back.
After scouring the estate where they live, Isaac found Jacob fatally stabbed in a service road, which runs behind their home.
Today, police revealed that Jacob, a sixth form student who loved boxing, had received more than one stab wound from his attacker.
Police said that, having been stabbed, it appeared he had been trying to run back to his home but never made it.
Today the murder squad hunting for Jacob’s killer said the clue to what happened last Thursday evening and who had stabbed him lay within the community.
Police are appealing for more information concerning the incident after a 14-year-old was arrested and released on bail over the weekend
Police know that following the stabbing a number of young people were seen leaving the area on foot.
Isaac and others were able to raise the alarm and emergency services raced to the scene.
Paramedics fought to save him, but Jacob was pronounced dead – ten days before he was due to celebrate his 16th birthday.
Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: ‘Jacob left his home just before 8.30pm on Thursday and, within an hour, he was dead.
‘He was just 15 years old and his life has been tragically cut short.’
He went on: ‘The clue lies within the community. We know that other young people who knew Jacob will have information about his death and I am appealing for those people to speak to officers.’
DCI Kent said the motive for the killing was ‘unclear’ but he said he was appealing to ‘sisters, girlfriends, mothers and brothers’ of the people seen making off to come forward.
ficers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit have now launched a murder investigation
The spot where Jacob was found by Isaac last Thursday is just 200 yards from his family’s home
The youngster lived with his mother, a younger sister, his brother Isaac and an older brother, who is 26.
The spot where he was found by Isaac last Thursday is just 200 yards from his family’s home.
Police know that last Thursday evening Jacob was at home until around 8.30, when he left in ‘good spirits’ having received a number of phone calls.
He appears to have made his way to a service area and met up with between four and eight people.
DCI Kent added: ‘We know that other young people who knew Jacob will have information about his death and I’m appealing for those people to speak to officers.
‘I would encourage parents whose children may have connections to Jacob to speak to them about providing information to police.
‘We are dedicated to identifying those responsible for his death and bringing the offenders to justice.’
The police still say they don’t know why he went to the alleyway that evening having left his home.
Forensics experts on the scene on Friday after Jacob was stabbed to death in Waltham Cross
The attack happened just yards from a primary school at around 9.30pm on Thursday
Forensic officers examine the scene of the boy’s death on Friday
Officers are now trying to build up a picture of Jacob’s last hours, and want to know who he was talking to and who had phoned him.
They want to know whether he had gone to meet the group that they know he ended up with in the alleyway or had he ‘bumped into’ someone outside and ended up there.
Police say that, over the weekend, a 14 year old youth from the London area was arrested in connection with the murder and later released on bail.
Police are appealing to anyone with information who doesn’t want to talk directly to officers to go to the website: www.herts.police.uk/report
Alternatively, people can call the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire Major Incident Room on 01707 355 666 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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