Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

(1) SCHOOL COLOURS LED TO PUPIL'S KILLING (2) Stabbed Boy Due to Speak out on Crime; (1) School Tie: A Poignant Tribute at the Scene Where David Idowu Was Stabbed (2) "Wrong Blazer": David Idowu, 14, a Pupil at Walworth Academy, Left, Was Stabbed to Death While Wearing the School's Uniform

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

(1) SCHOOL COLOURS LED TO PUPIL'S KILLING (2) Stabbed Boy Due to Speak out on Crime; (1) School Tie: A Poignant Tribute at the Scene Where David Idowu Was Stabbed (2) "Wrong Blazer": David Idowu, 14, a Pupil at Walworth Academy, Left, Was Stabbed to Death While Wearing the School's Uniform

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Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY

A MODEL pupil stabbed to death in a London park is believed to have beenattacked because he was wearing the wrong school uniform.

David Idowu, 14, died yesterday, three weeks after being knifed in the chestand stomach when he was confronted by youths from another school. He is the19th teenager to be killed in London this year.

David was due to deliver a speech in the world's biggest speaking event foryoung people in which he was to implore teenagers to give up knives, theStandard has learned.

The key message of the speech was that young people are the solution and theyneed to face up to it. Friends today told how David was attacked at artificialfootball pitches near his home while he was wearing the royal blue and greyuniform of Walworth Academy in Southwark.

They said the uniform sparked the fatal row with another schoolboy from adifferent school.

The friends said there is a fierce rivalry and a simmering tension between thetwo schools which had spilled over into a violent argument on 17 June.

One friend, who did not want to be named, said: "A boy from another schoolspotted David wearing the uniform and it went from there. It got out of hand,it was something stupid and it cost David his life.

"What's going on is madness, you can get stabbed for anything now, it doesn'tmatter what you do." Relatives gathered at the family home in Southwark todayas they struggled to come to terms with David's death. Flowers were left at thescene where David collapsed, including one bouquet which was fastened to abollard with a Walworth Academy tie. Another of his friends said: "Davey was agood boy, there is no reason why anyone should have wanted to attack him."

David's speech about knife crime formed part of a nationwide competition, whichjust a year earlier had featured fellow stab victim Ben Kinsella. …

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