An ‘affectionate son’ who was stabbed to death in Brentford in an attempt to save an elderly woman had stopped to get his mother food on the way home, according to his basketball coach.
Ali Abucar Ali, 20, left basketball training at. 19 Friday (November 12) and went to a kebab shop at the Albany Parade to pick up food for his mother when he saw Betty Walsh, 82, being attacked on her scooter.
According to witnesses and Chiswick Gators basketball coach Michael Kwentoh, 40, of Hounslow, Ali stepped in to stop the attack and was stabbed and died just before noon.
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Kwentoh said: “He has seen the elderly lady in the scooter with a man attacking her and he has gone and put himself right in the firing line.
“Imagine he rescued a woman but died. He’s never had an argument with anyone, Ali wanted to stay home with his mother while others went out, and he even got a car just to help his mother out.
“This guy was not a fighter, he was very fragile and very slim, a very sweet guy, I’m 6 feet tall and I would not have put myself in this situation.”
Kwentoh also described Ali as a devoted son who had recently received his driver’s license so he could help his mother and ease the pressure on his sister.
He said Ali could have gone anywhere after they finished training, now he had a car but chose to take care of his mother, “he was an angel”.
Kwentoh first met a 12-year-old Ali when he was coaching him basketball at Chiswick School, the two later set up the Chiswick Gators basketball club together at the encouragement of Ali and his peers.
The coach credited Ali for turning something he did as a hobby into a job, saying “we would not have this club if Ali was not by my side, you can not pay millions of pounds for the type of loyalty he gave “.
He added: “Ali just looked up to me, he just believed in it more than I did sometimes.
“Ali dedicated himself to helping me so I will dedicate myself to helping his family, that’s all I can do.”
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Norris Henry, 37, has since been charged with his murder and the attempted murder of Betty Walsh, 82, he will appear in Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today.
Witnesses or others with information should call 101 indicating reference CAD 6423 / 12Nov.
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