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Croydon stabbing victim Scott Kouebitra 'full of goodness'

Scott Kouebitra Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Scott Kouebitra died of multiple stab wounds

Relatives of a man stabbed to death on Halloween have described him as a "hard-working man who just wanted to make his family proud".

Scott Kouebitra, 22, was attacked in Croydon, south London, with four others who also suffered knife wounds.

Detectives said a group of about seven people wearing masks, scarves, balaclavas or hoods carried out the targeted attack at about 20:00.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the attack to come forward.

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Image caption Scott Kouebitra was a recruitment consultant

Det Ch Insp Sam Price said officers are keeping an open mind about the motive but "believe that all the victims are known to each other and as a result early indications suggest that this was not a random attack".

"A young man has had his life taken away - your information could be vital to piecing together the events that unfolded that evening," DCI Price added.

Mr Kouebitra's family said: "There is so much goodness that we want to say about Scotty which could fill encyclopaedias.

"Everybody knew him for his big smile."

Image caption Three men were found in Gloucester Road with stab wounds

A post-mortem examination on Scott, a recruitment consultant from Sutton, south London, found he died from multiple stab wounds.

The four other men hurt, three of them stabbed, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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