Eliyanna’s family rushed to the scene but she died before they got there
The school girl killed after stepping in to help a friend in Croydon on Wednesday has been named as Eliyanna Andam and had been pictured for the first time.
The 15-year-old died about 50 minutes after being stabbed less than a mile away from the school gates after a row broke out on the number 60 bus outside the Whitgift Shopping Centre close to East Croydon station around 8.30am.
A teenage boy reportedly stabbed Eliyanna in the neck and chest with a ‘sword-like’ zombie knife.
The Sun reported Thursday that a boy had tried to give his ex flowers and a note on the bus after they recently separated.
The ex, the tabloid claimed was returning a bag of items to him, then a row broke out at which point he allegedly pulled out a foot-long knife.
The deceased is said to have leapt to her pal’s defence.
Eliyanna’s family rushed to the scene but are said to have not made it before she passed away.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested around an hour after the incident and remains in custody.
The Mirror reported that Eliyanna knew her attacker, while witnesses have told PA they had not been in a relationship.
An envelope discovered near to the scene bore the note, “I love you so much and I never met someone with a better smile and better eyes than what you have, special girl”. It’s not been confirmed who it was written by.
Anthony King, chairman of My Ends – a project helping combat youth violence in Croydon, was with the girl’s family after the incident and said they were “heartbroken”, The Mirror reported.
He added: “She had a bright future ahead of her. She was in her GCSE year.”
King described the girl as an “absolutely incredible young lady” and told of how others said she was “jovial, very comedic”.
The girl was in her GCSE year at Old Palace of John Whitgift, a £19,000-a-year private school.
The school said: “We are deeply shocked by the senseless and tragic death of our much-loved and valued friend and pupil.
“It will take some time for the Old Palace community to come to terms with this terrible news, and we will offer support to our pupils as we try to do so.
“Above all, we send our love and deepest sympathies to the girl’s family at this unimaginably distressing time.”
Met Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley visited the scene to be briefed by officers.
Chief superintendent Andy Brittain said the incident was “every parent’s worst nightmare.”
“I know the officers who responded, and our emergency service colleagues, are devastated at the victim’s death.”
He added: “This is an emotion I share and I know people across Croydon will be feeling the same.”