A HEARTBROKEN family has paid tribute to their “beautiful boy” after he was stabbed to death just yards from his home.
Raheem Hanif, 25, was killed in Tilehurst, Reading, on February 6.
Raheem Hanif was stabbed to death just yards from this home on February 6
Raheem’s hearbroken family have paid tribute to himCredit: London News Pictures
Two 16-year-old boys, a 17-year-old boy and Abas Khan, 23, have been charged with murder.
Witnesses said they rushed to help Raheem, mopping his bloody face with towels as paramedics rushed to the scene.
Moments before the murder, neighbours heard cars smashing into each other.
They then saw a man dressed in black running down an alleyway with a huge knife in his hand.
‘OUR HEARTS ARE ACHING’
Brave members of the public ran to help Raheem, who was pictured today for the first time as his family hailed their “one in a million” loved one.
His parents said: “Our hearts are aching every minute of the day knowing that Raheem, our beautiful boy, will not return home.
“Our son had a cheeky, contagious smile and laughter, and with his beautiful soul, he would light up every room.
“He always took care of everyone’s needs without questions, with kindness and dedication.
“He would always put his loved ones first, we are truly proud of him.”
Raheem’s cousins and sisters said he was “one in a million”.
Neighbours have spoken of their efforts to save the victimCredit: BPM Media
Some neighbours had given Raheem CPR while others brought out towels to clean the blood away.
A mum-of-two who saw the horror unfold said: “We heard a lot of shouting and couldn’t figure out what was being said. Then we heard the banging of cars smashing, ten times if not more.
“A man appeared from behind another car dressed all in black and he had a knife the size of my leg.
Police were called to Dulnan Close at 6.55pmCredit: BPM Media
Despite the efforts of neighbours, cops and paramedics, the victim died at the sceneCredit: London News Pictures
Now people living nearby say they saw a man with a blade ‘as long as a leg’ dashing through an alleyCredit: London News Pictures
“He was running down the alley.”
The 29-year-old ran to check on her children – and said: “When I came back, I heard a woman screaming.”
Courageously, she then went outside to help, finding the victim lying on the ground.
“We got out torches out so we could see his face and we got towels,” she said.
“All we could do is get towels and wipe his face, but it was clear he was dead.”
A close family friend, who asked to remain anonymous, told of his heartbreak over the death of “such a nice boy”.
“He was part of an Asian family, he was their only son. They live in the square just metres from where he died in the car park,” the man said.
“He was quiet child, a nice boy.”
One mum ran outside with towels to mop blood from the lad’s face as he diedCredit: London News Pictures
Forensics officers were at the scene throughout the nightCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd
The residential road was cordoned off while investigations continuedCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd
Local Anthony Mortimer said his step-daughter Daniella tried to save the victim’s life.
“She phoned my partner saying, ‘Quick, get the towels, there’s a man bleeding’.
“She was one of the first ones to see him lying on the floor.”
A post-mortem is being carried out by a Home Office pathologist today.
Detectives worked through the night at the murder scene, which had been cordoned off.
Forensic teams dressed in white suits were seen taking photographs of the grisly site.
Following the killing, four men, two aged 25 and two others aged 22 and 21, all from Reading, were also arrested on suspicion of murder and released on conditional bail.
Superintendent Nick John, Reading Local Policing Area Commander, said: “What has happened will undoubtedly cause concern in the local community and I would like to reassure you all that we are conducting a thorough investigation into this tragic incident.
“Officers will be in the local area whilst inquiries are carried out. Please speak to them if you have any information or concerns.
“Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
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