Yet another murder

I’m posting this report from the Islington Tribune not through some mis-guidedly morbid linking of murder and place but because it was a murder on these streets near where I lived that prompted me to start this blog.

The killing of Sam Fitzgerald took place very close to where I lived when I started writing Islintongue, as did that of Sonny Cracknell back in 2004. This is an area that still retains such precious memories for me but seems blighted by violence – very sad.
Here’s the beginning of the report in the Islington Tribune

Published: 16 April 2010
by CHARLOTTE CHAMBERS

CLOSE groups of teenage friends have been left overcome by grief again in Islington after a young Arsenal supporter was stabbed to death close to his home.

Sam Fitzgerald, 20, died from a knife wound sustained outside the Thornhill Arms pub in Wynford Road, off Caledonian Road, on Wednesday night.

He was well aware of a series of recent violent deaths in the borough with friends telling yesterday that he knew murder victims Martin Dinnegan, 14, and Ben Kinsella, 16.

Sam was be lieved to have been a former boyfriend of Jessie Wright, the 16-year-old whose death in King’s Cross is a police case now the subject of murder proceedings at the Old Bailey. He led the tribute march to Jessie on his bicycle last month.

In all too familiar scenes for grieving relatives and friends, teenagers gathered together at a growing shrine yesterday (Thursday). Many of the youngsters were in floods of tears and unable to put their emotions into words.

Sam had been watching his team play Tottenham on the television inside the pub and was attacked when he briefly stepped outside. Detectives are keeping an open mind about the motive for the stabbing but are not linking it to football rivalries.

Sam, of Priory Heights in Wynford Road, was rushed to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel but died soon after.

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