An Arsenal fan on the way to a football match was stabbed to death after he stared at his attacker “weirdly”, it has been claimed.
Tashan Daniel, 20, was stabbed at Hillingdon station as he headed to an Arsenal match against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday this week.
Police said Mr Daniel was with a friend when two other men provoked a fight, during which the 20-year-old was knifed in front of horrified passengers.
Witnesses reported seeing blood and a person performing CPR on the victim as the Underground station was evacuated in the wake of the stabbing.
One friend of the victim said he heard “someone on the opposite platform said he (Tashan) was staring at him weirdly”.
Members of the public as well as paramedics and police officers tried to save the aspiring athlete, but he died on board a Tube carriage.
The suspects ran out of the station and a knife was found nearby.
The victim, who was described as a gentle person, lived in the constituency of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Johnson said: “My heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Tashan who was sadly killed in a senseless act yesterday.”
He also confirmed he had been in touch with British Transport Police (BTP) following the incident.
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn, of BTP, said: “Tashan was an upstanding young man.
“He had only just celebrated his 20th birthday and was heading into London to watch Arsenal play.
“He did not deserve to lose his life during this senseless attack.
“His family are completely broken by this news and we are doing everything we can to offer them support.”
Still a lot of police at Hillingdon station tonight. pic.twitter.com/4DyLAThxH0
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A spokesman for Arsenal expressed the club’s sadness at the news of Mr Daniel’s death.
He said: “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Arsenal fan Tashan Daniel.
“Our thoughts are with Tashan’s family and friends at this sad time.”
No arrests have been made.
The death was the latest in a number of stabbing attacks in the capital.