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Thursday, 14 March, 2002, 13:02 GMT
Teenager died of single stab wound
Kayser Osman
Kayser Osman died 300 yards from his home
A 15-year-old boy who may have been killed over a game of football died from a single stab wound, a post-mortem examination has found.

The teenager, named as Kayser Osman, died in the street in Taylors Lane, Harlesden, north west London, at about 1800 GMT on Tuesday.

The Somali boy was attacked during an incident involving up to nine youths on the Church End estate.

Murder detectives have refused to say where on his body the Willesden High School pupil was stabbed or whether the murder weapon has been found.

They came to Britain from Somalia in 1989 to flee the civil war and be safe. It just shows that nowhere is safe

Family friend
Detective Superintendent Lewis Benjamin said he is keeping an open mind about the motive but said it was possible the row may have erupted over a game of street football.

He said there were between three and nine youths in the group, all aged between 13 and 16, and added that Kayser knew his attackers.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said some witnesses had come forward but police were still appealing for more help.

"We would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the Acorn Centre that evening as we believe Kayser was in there earlier on," she said.

Police said the row erupted outside the centre, where charity Crime Concern runs youth projects.

Church End Estate
Police are keeping an open mind on motives
Abdilkadir Ali, 44, a friend of Kayser's family, said: "It is terrible and the family are very upset.

"They came to Britain from Somalia in 1989 to flee the civil war and be safe. It just shows that nowhere is safe."

Estate resident, Michael Comer, 33, whose home overlooks the crime scene, watched police battle to keep the teenager alive.

"This is terrible, such a waste of a young life."

Police continued their search of the area on Thursday.

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