A bright 16-year-old who was stabbed in the heart on his way home was targeted by another schoolboy because he spoke to his ‘crush’, it has been claimed by a friend of the victim.
It also emerged that other children filmed the stabbing on their phones and uploaded it on the messaging app Snapchat.
Irfan Wahid was stabbed just six streets away from his home in broad daylight on Harehills Lane, Leeds, after he got off the bus from his journey home from school at around 3.40pm on February 16.
One friend of Irfan has suggested that the stabbing happened because Irfan had spoken to his ‘best friend’s’ crush in school.
The 16-year-old friend of the victim said: ‘Irfan had been talking to a girl at school and then his mate found out.
‘Irfan had got off the bus to meet his brother and then got a text to meet his best friend somewhere.
‘He met him, they fought and then he was stabbed and killed.
‘It was his friend who stabbed him. Irfan was basically stabbed for talking to the girl his friend liked – it’s shocking really.’
He added: ‘I saw that people had filmed the attack – but I haven’t seen any [footage]. My friend said that people had uploaded it to Snapchat, but I haven’t seen it.’
Four of Irfan’s friends carried him down the street after the stabbing but he collapsed from the deep wound. He was taken to hospital in an ambulance but died shortly afterwards.
A local shopkeeper who saw the aftermath of the stabbing, said: ‘I was in the shop and heard a scream so I looked out and saw a boy who seemed to be bleeding from the abdomen.
‘Some of his friends were trying to carry him down the street but when they were near the bank he collapsed.’
A post-mortem examination confirmed that the schoolboy died of a ‘single stab wound to the chest’.
More than 3,000 people attended the funeral of 16-year-old as family and friend’s paid tribute to the young lad.
Irfan’s uncle wrote on a Facebook page set up by friends: ‘No one can understand my pain. That empty space will always be there, we will be waiting for you come back home.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named due to his age, appeared in court last month charged with the murder of Irfan and was remanded in custody.
Police and family members of Irfan, whose father is a baker, asked witnesses to come forward with any video footage of the attack so it can be used as evidence