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Spanish man stabbed in east London ‘was killed in a row over a girl’

Spanish man, 26 who was ‘stabbed six times then chased down an east London street may have been killed in a row over a girl’

  • David Martinez was stabbed in a street in Leyton on Wednesday and later died
  • He is a Colombian born Spaniard who have moved to the UK to find work
  • Reports in Spain suggest the fatal attack may have followed a row over a woman 

A Spanish man stabbed to death in east London was killed following a row about a woman, his friends in Spain believe.

David Martinez collapsed and died in the street after being knifed in Leyton on Wednesday, becoming the 15th person killed by a knife in the capital in 2019.

Scotland Yard has already said the killing is not believed to be gang-related and the victim and suspect, who is still on the run, were known to each other.

David Martinez was stabbed to death in east London on Wednesday. His family in Spain are trying to get his body returned to Valladolid for a funeral

A police tent set up behind the police cordon is covering the crime scene as forensic officers conduct their enquiries 

The motive for the fatal attack may have been jealousy, according to the Spanish newspaper El Norte de Castilla, which is based in the city of Valladolid where David’s mother lives.

The paper quoted an unnamed source as saying: ‘We have been told that one of the boys had argued with him because he said he had stolen his girlfriend off him.’

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David’s grief-stricken mother is said to be trying to repatriate his body as soon as possible for a funeral in Valladolid, where she reportedly lives alone after his two siblings left Spain to seek work in Switzerland and Belgium.

The 26-year-old was born in Colombia but moved to Spain as a child. He worked for a car manufacturer in Spain before moving to London.

Former colleague Josechu Sanz said in a social media tribute: ‘Very sad news for all those who worked with David, a really great person aged only 26 who has been murdered in London. Rest in peace and I hope justice is done.’

Police say the victim knew the suspect and they do not believe the incident was gang related. No arrests have been made

Valladolid-based DJ pal Jose Antonio Maraca said: ‘Rest in peace my friend. Life can be so cruel.’

A spokesman for Scotland Yard confirmed this morning that no one has been arrested over David’s murder.

She said: ‘The suspect and victim were known to each other and the killing was not gang-related but we are not saying anything at this stage about the circumstances and possible motives or detailing how they knew each other.’

Mr Martinez was attacked at an address on North Birkbeck Road in Leyton before leaving and collapsing in the street. He was declared dead at the scene at around 5.10pm on Wednesday.

A local resident said: ‘He got stabbed at the flats. He was screaming for help and crying. He just kept repeating, ‘Help, help, help, they are after me.

‘I was inside and my husband who saw it came running in and said ‘Call an ambulance.’

‘People were getting towels to soak up the blood. A girl had blood all over her hands. We were all in shock.’

Composite picture of some of the people who have lost their lives to knife crime this year. Top row, from left: Tudor Simionov, Jaden Moodie, Nedim Bilgin, Lejean Richards, Dennis Anderson. Middle row, from left: Patrick Hill, Sidali Mohamed, Bright Akinleye, Abdullah Muhammad, Glendon Spence. Bottom row, from left: Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, Hazrat Umar, Che Morrison, Jodie Chesney, Yousef Ghaleb Makki

Yesterday, a teenager who was stabbed in West Kensington became the 17th person killed by a knife in London alone in 2019.

The surge in knife crimes has led to a political row over the fall in police officer numbers. 

On Wednesday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said after an emergency meeting with chief constables that resources were ‘very important’ and the Government should ‘listen’ to police. 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said forces should move officers away from ‘lower priority’ crime and on to knife violence.


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