Murder in the Mall: Police Appeal for Information
A young man was stabbed to death on Thursday, 4 October, in the hour leading up to midnight. Police were called to a disturbance at the Burger King fast food restaurant in the Mall at approximately 11:15. Pelivan Zekaj, a 23 year-old Albanian national of Monksfield, North London, was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem examination revealed the cause of death to be a stab wound to the chest.
A candle-encircled shrine of flags, photos, and flowers to Zekaj’s memory has been set up outside the Mall, where several Albanian males have been keeping vigil.
Investigative teams have been working over the weekend as the food court at the Mall remains closed and blocked from public access. There have been no arrests in connection with this incident and detectives are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward. If you have such information, please call the incident room on 020 8358 0100; If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
As of yet, my attempts to find out more detailed information concerning the murder and the circumstances surrounding it have proven unsuccessful. I have contacted various officials -particularly for information regarding potential suspects - but at the time of writing have not heard anything new. I will keep residents updated as to any developments.
Ryan King is a committee member of the Parkside Malvern Residents Association and is the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for the Sunrise Neighbourhood Watch. He is a fourth year student at Highland Theological College of the University of the Highlands and Islands and serves as the assistant pastor of Grace Baptist Church (Wood Green) at 50 Park Ridings
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