Kent

Tributes to teenager killed in Folkestone stabbing

Folkestone stabbing scene
Image caption The confrontation spilled out on to the street in Marine Terrace just before 2030 GMT on Monday

Tributes have been paid to a 17-year-old boy who was stabbed to death during a brawl in Folkestone, Kent.

Osman Shazad, 17, of Marine Terrace, Folkestone, suffered fatal wounds in the incident near his home on 24 January.

Bill Fearon, principal of K College, said the teenager, who was on the ESOL English language course, had shown "potential and promise".

Two teenagers appeared in court on Saturday charged with his murder.

'Enthusiastic and friendly'

Mr Fearon said: "The ESOL team were all extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Osman Shazad who died last Monday in Folkestone, in tragic circumstances.

"He showed great promise and potential and was an enthusiastic and friendly member of the group who enjoyed his time at college."

He added: "He had a wide circle of friends in the Afghan community who will miss him very much, as will all his friends and teachers at college.

"We would like to send our condolences to all his family and friends."

Fazulmaq Walizada, 18, of Folkestone, and a boy aged 17, from Ashford, have also been charged with violent disorder.

Both were remanded in custody by magistrates in Dover.

The confrontation, involving more than 20 people, spilled out on to the street just before 2030 GMT.

Mr Walizada and the 17-year-old are due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday.

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