Liverpool fan, 22, fatally stabbed ‘moments after watching match on pal’s phone’

A Liverpool FC fan was stabbed to death just moments after watching the match on his friend's phone, as he stood outside Tesco.

Sven Badzak, 22, was killed last week in the fatal attack that took place in Kilburn, north west London.

His had been out buying bagels and orange juice before he stopped to watch the match outside the shop on his mate's phone.

Just moments later the duo were reportedly chased by a group and then attacked on Saturday, February 6.

Sven tragically suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His friend, a 16-year-old boy, was also stabbed during the attack before he managed to escape to a nearby shop on Willesden Lane.

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He was rushed to hospital where he remains in a stable condition, reports Liverpool Echo.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday and is in custody at an east London police station.

In an update issued on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said a 19-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Sven's mum, Jasna Badzak, said she is fighting for justice for her only son and will not give up until his killers are caught.

Paying tribute, she described Sven as "the biggest Liverpool fan you can possibly imagine", and said one of the last things he laid eyes on before his tragic death was a Liverpool game.

Jasna told the ECHO: "He was waiting in front of the shop, he placed an order for two bagels and paid it in cash.

"They told him to wait outside because of Covid you can't wait in the restaurant.

"They were waiting outside and they were watching the Liverpool match on his friend's phone because that was my son's obsession.

"That was all he was ever talking about. He loved them so much. I don't know how many times he has been to Anfield.

"Liverpool was everything to the point where I had to leave the room when he watched them play. He was so loud."

"He'd shout 'they're heroes. They're the best in the world. Champions'."

On the night Sven was killed, Jasna said she became worried when he didn't come home and thought he may have gone to his nan's house.

She decided to take a quick shower before phoning his nan, at which point there was a knock at the door from the police.

Jasna said: "They told me 'you need to sit down for this', so I sat down and said 'what's happening?'

"There was two officers and they told me 'your son has been stabbed and killed.'

Jasna said the last words she had exchanged with Sven before he died were "I love you" and they blew kisses to each other.

She can no longer bring herself to go into his bedroom, which is full of LFC memorabilia, because it reminds her of him.

Jasna is hoping someone from Liverpool FC will share a few words as a tribute to Sven after hearing what's happened.

She added: "If someone from the club could possibly acknowledge their biggest supporter, even just a few words – anything, it would mean the world to him and to me."

The 22-year-old, who studied sociology at Roehampton University, was going to apply to law school and "had a map of what he wanted to do."

Jasna said: "His aim in life was to make everyone's life better. He would make you feel better immediately, people who had any interaction with him would say that."

On the day of the Grenfell Tower disaster, Jasna said Sven gathered up his clothes in a bag, bought food from Waitrose and asked her to drive him down there so he could donate the items to those affected.

Jasna said: "I can't process the fact that he is no longer here.

"I have to keep fighting for his justice."

Anybody with information that can help the investigation is urged to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5580/06Feb.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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