Brentford fatal stabbing – Tributes flow for ‘hero’, survivor now stable

Images above: Photographs of Ali Abucar Ali, posted by Chiswick Gators Basketball Club

Tributes to Ali Abucar Ali

Tributes are pouring in for Ali Abucar Ali, the young man killed while trying to help an elderly woman who was stabbed in Brentford on Friday.

Ali was a student at Chiswick School and a coach for Chiswick Gators Basketball Club. Chiswick School PE department tweeted:

“Ali was a wonderful, kind soul, a fantastic student and a much loved basketball coach. He will be missed by everyone. Sending love to his family and loved ones at this difficult time”.

Chiswick Gators Basketball Club wrote:

“This is the saddest day in the club’s history. Coach Ali Abcur Ali of @ChiswickSchool tragically had his life taken helping an elderly lady being attacked. Ali was only 20 years of age at the prime of his life. He will be missed by everyone at the club.”

Image above: Picture of Ali coaching, from Chiswick Gators Basketball Club

‘A hero and a role model’

Chiswick School head teacher Laura Ellener told The Chiswick Calendar:

“We are all devastated at the school. Ali was the nicest, most wonderful boy you could ever meet. He was so kind and humble, he was hard working and had his whole life ahead of him. He remained connected to the school after he graduated by coaching his much loved basketball with The Chiswick Gators Club.

“This morning as a school we held assemblies where we explained what had happened to the students and held a silence to remember Ali. We are now working on a way that we can commemorate his life and celebrate how extraordinary and special he was. I have been overwhelmed by the support of the community and parents who have reached out to offer support.

“Ali was a hero and a role model and we are grateful to have been enriched as a school community by him. Our thoughts are with his family and his loved ones during this difficult time.”

Image above: Betty Walsh; Griffin pub, Brentford

Betty Walsh no longer ‘critical’ after operation

Betty Walsh, 84, has been named as the woman who was attacked. She was stabbed multiple times outside the Brentford kebab shop Best Kebab and Fish Bar on Albany Parade. Ali was attacked and fatally stabbed as he tried to help her.

Betty is well known in Brentford as she worked in the Griffin pub for many years and is a big supporter of Brentford Football Club. She was taken to hospital suffering from multiple stab wounds. Her family have said she is no longer on the ‘critical’ list after undergoing a kidney operation.

An eye-witness said Ali had tried to challenge the attacker. Paul Moore told Sky News he helped Betty after she was stabbed.

“She was walking home from her friend’s house and she thought the man had pushed her, but she had been stabbed in the back.

“She is a lovely woman” he said, “I’ve known her for more than 30 years. Everyone knows her.”

The Griffin Park Grapevine Brentford FC supporters Twitter account posted:

“Our best wishes go to Betty who was stabbed in Brentford last evening. You will know her from her time serving at The Griffin Betty remains in hospital but is awake and talking Meanwhile, our thoughts are with the family of Ali Abucar Ali who lost his life protecting her”.

Images above: Tributes to Ali Abucar Ali, posted on social media

Man arrested

The attack happened at around 8pm on Friday, 12 November, in Albany Parade, Brentford. Police said a man had been charged with murder and attempted murder.

The investigation is ongoing; witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call 101 ref 6423/12nov.

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