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Oliver Kingonzila's parents

Kimbeni and Caroline Kingonzila

'I have no room for bitternes'

The parents of the latest teenager to be stabbed in Croydon say they forgive his killers.

Promising footballer Oliver Kingonzila was stabbed outside the E Bar, South End at the weekend.  Now his parents Caroline and Kimbena say, as Christians, they have to forgive.

“I don’t have room for bitterness …. I have hope.  Oliver is in heaven.  I won't see him in the flesh again but, I will see him.  By my own strength I can't [fortive] because it's my baby but, the word, the spirit of God says I have to forgive.  God is the judge of those boys”.

Head shot of Oliver Kingonzila

Victim Oliver Kingonzila

"Oliver is [sic] a gentle life, kind, he would be there to help everyone - a very polite boy", continues his mother

The 19 year old is the 26th teenager to be killed in the capital this year equalling the figure for the whole of last year.  He died after being found with stab wounds outside the bar where a private party was being held.

The “gentle giant” as he’s been described was a promising footballer with Barnet’s youth team and had even skippered the England Colleges FA team in a game. 

Shrine for Oliver Kingonzila outside E Bar in Croydon

Tributes have been laid outside bar

Club spokesman Dennis Signy said of the midfielder:  “We were shocked to hear the news.  Oliver was a young lad hoping to make his way in the game who had already played for the Bees”.

This is the second tragedy to hit the family this year.  Oliver's older brother, Herve, 27, died of a heart attack earlier this year while playing football.

Elodia Kingonzila, the victim's 22-year-old sister, said the knife crime in her south London community is now out of control.

"It’s like a dream … I’m still waiting for him to come back"

Mother of victim

"You cannot go out anymore, you are not safe. You could be sitting on the bus, somebody comes and starts an argument for a stupid reason - knife," she said before warning young people to stay away from nightclubs.

"Stay at home, clubbing is not a life, there's always knives everywhere you go these days."

Friends and family have been paying their respects to Oliver.  There have been huge floral tributes and cards placed outside the E Bar where he was stabbed.

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Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with Oliver’s death.

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