Croydon stabbing: 22-year-old victim ‘destined for greatness’ named as Lavaun Witter

April RoachWed, 10 February 2021, 8:26 pm

<p>Victim: Lavaun Witter</p> (Metropolitan Police)
Victim: Lavaun Witter(Metropolitan Police)

A 22-year-old man who was stabbed to death in south London has been named as Lavaun Witter.

Mr Witter’s family said they are “absolutely traumatised” by his death as they described Mr Witter as a young man who was “destined for greatness”.

Metropolitan Police officers and the London Ambulance Service were called to a property in Wisbeach Road, Croydon just after 8pm on Friday.

Mr Witter was found suffering a stab injury. Despite the best efforts of emergency services he was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.10pm.

Mr Lavaun’s family said in a statement: “The family is absolutely devastated and the impact this incident has had is enormous and his local community is distraught.

“No one could have seen this coming. Lavaun was destined for greatness and he wanted to fly high. He just wanted to have a good life and to take care of his family.

“Everyone who knows him will remember him as a legend. We are all absolutely traumatised. We don’t know how we are going to go on. It is just too painful. Long Live Lavz.”

One resident, who has lived in a block of flats near the scene of the stabbing for more than 20 years, said she saw police and medical staff trying to save a heavily bleeding young man on the night Mr Witter died.

Police forensics officers at the scene of a fatal stabbing at flats on Wisbeach Road, in Croydon on February 5PA
Police forensics officers at the scene of a fatal stabbing at flats on Wisbeach Road, in Croydon on February 5PA

She said his mother later showed up “crying and in pieces”.

The witness, who declined to be named, told reporters the man was bleeding from a deep cut to his leg and there was “blood everywhere”.

She said: “I heard someone shouting but it’s normal because people drink outside. I came down and saw two police and two ambulance guys on the ground with him.”

She said she saw medical staff make an incision in his torso, adding: “They tried really hard to save him but there was a lot of blood.”

Police said another man also suffered a stab wound at the house, but had been taken to hospital before they arrived and is now in a stable condition.

Police at the scene of the stabbing in Wisbeach RoadPA
Police at the scene of the stabbing in Wisbeach RoadPA

Scotland Yard is appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Kieran, from Specialist Crime South, said: “A young man has lost his life and his family have been left heartbroken by this needless act of violence.

“Someone knows who did this and I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything shortly after 8pm on Friday evening to come forward; no matter how insignificant you think your information might be, it could help us piece together what happened.

“We know that a group of males attended the address and an altercation occurred which resulted in Lavaun being fatally injured.

“If you can help us find who is responsible for this attack, then I would urge you to contact police immediately. Our thoughts are with Lavaun’s family who have been left devastated by his loss. We will continue to support them through this investigation and officers will be working tirelessly to catch those responsible.”

Ms Kieran said the stabbing was “one of a number of violent incidents” in south London on Friday evening but added “there is nothing to connect these incidents together at this time”.

Five incidents were reported in south London between 6.56pm and 9.12pm.

Nine other men were wounded on Friday, but all are in stable conditions.

Anyone with information that can assist this investigation is asked to contact 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 7236/05Feb.

You can also leave information anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Additional reporting by PA Media.

BRITAIN IS NOW A COUNTRY SMEARED IN HUMAN BLOOD!!! A COUNTRY WHERE VIOLENCE IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY AND NO ONE IS SAFE ANYMORE TO GO ABOUT THEIR NORMAL BUSINESS. OVER 100,000 BRITS HAVE DIED SO FAR FROM THE COVID VIRUS; YET, MORE PEOPLE ARE DYING THROUGH NEEDLESS STABBINGS. BRITAIN NEEDS TO REPENT AND TURN BACK TO GOD FOR FORGIVENESS!!!