Cousins! The senseless murder of a teenage girl as she made her way to school, has left a town in South London completely shaken!
According to AP News, 15-year-old Elianne Andam was stabbed to death on a major road Wednesday morning in Croydon, South London on September 27th.
An eyewitness has stated that an argument erupted between Elianne, her friends, and students on a double-decker bus and continued as they made their way to the street outside of a shopping center.
BBC News reports that Elianne was viciously attacked and pronounced dead on the sidewalk moments after the stabbing. Chief Superintendent Andy Brittain says that police vehicles, paramedics and an air ambulance were dispatched following an alert of a stabbing within the busy South London street.
Sadly, despite medical officials’ continuous efforts to save her life, Elianne died shortly from her injuries.
Her friends who have been left completely devastated by the series of events, are said to had informed Elainne’s parents as they arrived to the scene moments later.
“The family] were in shock and devastated, it doesn’t feel real to them. They said a lot of things — it was shock and disbelief,” said youth worker James Watkins to local news.
Officials state that a 17-year-old male was arrested nearly an hour later after the tragic incident and that he remains in custody. Police have confirmed that they are not looking for any other suspects based on the information provided.
“This is every parent’s worst nightmare, and I know the officers who responded this morning, along with our emergency service colleagues, are devastated at the victim’s death,” said Chief Superintendent Brittain near the scene of the stabbing.
“This is an emotion I share and I know people across Croydon will be feeling the same,” he added.
Sources state that Elianne was a student at a private school in the area named Old Palace of John Whitgift. “It will take some time for the Old Palace community to come to terms with this terrible news, and we will offer support to our pupils as we try to do so,” reads a statement from the school.
According to the New York Post, flowers were placed on the pavement near where Elianne passed away, hours after her death.
Our prayers go to the victims friends and family.