Community mourn death of brilliant student, 20, in knifing at Isle of Dogs
PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 June 2012
Leading members of the Muslim community in London's East End have been paying their respects this week to the family of 20-year-old student Sultan Ahmed who died in a stabbing incident on the Isle of Dogs.
They included the Imam of the East London Mosque and Sultan’s former head teacher at Stepney Green Maths & Computing College.
Prayers have been held each day at the family’s council flat in Hawke House in Ernest Street, on Stepney’s Ocean Estate.
His father Kabir Ahmed and mother Sajeda Begum have been showing visitors a book of Sultan’s achievements in his young life.
The book includes a cerificate of involvement in a Cambridge University problem-solving workshop when he was just 15.
But he is mostly remembered as a student mentor who returned to his old school to give talks to pupils to keep them off the streets and out of crime.
His brother-in-law Tahir Uddin told the Advertiser: “He gave presentations to youngsters with behaviour problems—some of their lives were changes as a result.
“We’ve been touched by all the support the community has given us and ask for them top pray for him.”
Sultan, who was 20 on March 17, got seven GCSE’s at school including an A* in information technology and As in Maths and English Literature, as well as three A-levels in Maths, Law and Business Studies from Havering College. He was in his first year at Greenwich University taking a Law degree.
His brother Thanbir said: “He loved working with children and had an ambition to go into teaching after qualifying as a lawyer—he gave so much of his time to helping youths improve their lives.”
But his aspirations ended tragically when he was caught up in a street disturbance at Millwall’s new Lantern Way housing complex on the Isle of Dogs on May 29.
A doctor from the Royal London Hospital sent to the scene tried to revive him—but Sultan died in the street with knife wounds.
A 50-year-old man from Lanterns Way has since appeared at the Old Bailey this week charged with murder and is due back in court in September.