So Au revoir! then, Seydou Diarrassouba, stabbed through the heart in front of horrified shoppers outside a Foot Locker store in West London at the start of the January sales on Boxing Day in what appeared to be a mindless disagreement over a pair of trainers.
Diarrassouba’s family, originally from the Ivory Coast, described him as “a respectful and charismatic young man” and were devastated at his death. They also released a smiling picture of him taken a few years ago.
Schoolfriend Munawar Shaikh, probably not British, described him as a “big personality” who always had a smile on his face. The pair grew up and attended Rutlish School together.
“I heard about it on social network sites. It’s devastating. I had lost contact with Seydou (So, not much of a friend then?) but he was such a big personality and a person everyone in Mitcham would know. He was just a good kid who always had a smile on his face.” said Munawar.
Another old school chum was X FACTOR finalist Derry Mensah, who spoke movingly of his “devastation” at the news.
Derry added: “Seydou was a good friend, a cool guy. He never caused trouble and was always humble. I’ll be making a track in memory of my friend.”
Detective Superintendent John Sweeney said: “Our sympathy goes to the family of the victim at this time and we are appealing for witnesses to come forward. We know there were a number of people filming the incident inside Foot Locker and may have captured the incident or its aftermath and we are appealing for these people to contact us.”
Two hundred policemen were drafted into Oxford Street for the rest of the sales period and Det Sup Sweeney said: “We want people to feel safe.”
Less than five hours later, a 21-year-old was stabbed in the leg outside Oxford Street’s Nike Town, possibly as part of the same rumble.
A Facebook page called R.I.P. Seydou hosted dozens of tributes from friends of the victim and condemnation of youth violence. Seydou was the 15th teenager murdered in London this year.
These were the initial news headlines, but then the sub-text was gradually revealed.
Far from being a “cool guy who never caused trouble and was always humble…” and the innocent victim of random street violence, Diarrassouba was in fact a rather nasty little gang member who fell out with a rival gang over who was going to steal which item from the Foot Locker store, and was chased down before being stabbed to death.
He had appeared in court just a week before he was killed and was facing a jail sentence after being charged with stealing the BlackBerry of Nile Downes (probably not British) in Clapham, South London, in September. He was also charged with assaulting Nile and his brother Yafeu.
He had been released on bail but was due to stand trial in the New Year and if convicted, faced a long sentence because of Nile’s youth. Whilst out on bail, he went to the sales with fellow gang members to steal trainers.
He had also starred in a “gangsta” rap video months before his murder. Known by the street name “Nutz,” (Probably an accurate description of his mentality) he boasted in the film that he had “shot men down” and he appeared surrounded by hoodie pals bragging that they had “straps” or guns to shoot people for money.
He was also pictured striking a “gangsta” gun pose on a Facebook tribute page.
So, friends and family portrayed him as a “nice boy,” which was the exact opposite of the truth.
In truth, he was a violent, mindless, thieving piece of shit whose family should never have been allowed to stay in this country.
And as for Derry Mensah, who spoke movingly of his good friend, the cool guy who never caused trouble and was always humble, don’t bother making a track in memory of your friend.
The very last thing we need is yet another rap rehash of how Diarrassouba committed crimes because he was poor, he was poor because he was black, he needed the money because he wanted respect, cars, bitches, hoes, white and cold green, etc, etc, ad nauseam.
In short, Diarrassouba was destined for bigger things, bigger crimes in fact, and would doubtless have spent the rest of his life caught up in a cycle of theft, guns, knives, violence, drugs and imprisonment, to society’s great and unnecessary cost.
If we at Goodbye! magazine had anything to do with it, the police would not be looking for anyone in connection with this crime – justice has already been served.
And as for the police being able to “make us feel safe,” they have failed completely. They are under-manned, under-trained, under-equipped, over-worked, de-motivated, incompetent and over 1,000 of them have criminal records, in addition to the thousands who have committed crimes and haven’t yet been caught.
In short, the presence of thousands of violent yobs like Diarrassouba on our streets confronted by the rapidly diminishing forces of law and order, all presided over by an increasingly liberal government, leads us to conclude that none of us is actually safe.