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Killers of West Ham season ticket holder were cowards

The family of  West Ham season ticket holder Sami Sidhom have blasted his murderers as “cowards” who “stabbed him in the back” on his way home from the West Ham v Stoke match.

In a statement, the family said: “How many more have to die this way before everyone cares? How many more communities like ours have to be terrorised by mindless stabbings? Sami was a model son, model student, a dedicated West Ham fan who was studying to be a lawyer to bring fair play and justice to those who needed it. He never had a chance to do any of that because he was stabbed in the back by cowards in the dark. He was only 18.

“We’ve somehow ended up in a society where our brightest hopes are taken before they’ve even started.

“It is shameful that a single knife is allowed on the street. There isn’t a single fathomable reason why this is still tolerated, unchecked and unstopped. Those who are responsible for enforcing the banning of knives in our streets are also responsible for his death.

“Someone once said evil triumphs when good people do nothing.

“Nothing will bring Sami back, but we want his killers brought to justice. We would like to appeal to everyone, if you have any information no matter how small it is please do tell the police.

“We would like to thank everyone who came to Sami’s aid and comforted him in his final hour. We are deeply grateful for the incredible kindness and bravery that our neighbours, regardless of their creed, or colour, have shown to Sami”

Supporters will remember Sami this Sunday at the London Stadium with a planned one-minute applause on the 18-minute mark.

Police arrested a 22-year-old on Monday on suspicion of murder but he was released on bail yesterday pending further inquiries.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter