EastEnders actress Belinda Owusu makes emotional appeal after brother stabbed to death in Goodmayes
PUBLISHED: 12:33 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:38 10 November 2016
The distraught family of a teenager stabbed to death in Goodmayes have made an emotional appeal to catch his killer.
Ziggy Worrell-Owusu, 19, died after being knifed in the stomach at a birthday party in Basement Bar Shisha Lounge, Goodmayes Road, on October 27.
His sister Belinda Owusu, 27, who plays Libby Fox in the BBC soap EastEnders, made an emotional appeal to the Recorder for witnesses to come forward.
She said: “It was a totally random freak event and it all happened because someone decided to take a knife to a birthday party.
“You just think that maybe, if I had texted him not to go or gone round on his birthday than maybe it would be different.
“I don’t want to be standing here publicly sharing my grief but this is the only way and we need things to change.”
Ziggy, of Hackney, had been at a private party in the shisha lounge and police are investigating whether he may have been breaking up a fight.
Neighbours in the area had reported a “commotion” on the street earlier that night.
One, who wished to remain anonymous, said there were 80 to 90 teenagers congregating there at midnight, “which was unusual”.
He continued: “People kept coming. I heard men arguing and it kept getting louder, then there was a girl screaming.”
Det Ch Insp Andrew Packer, who is leading the investigation, appealed to party guests to hand over any photos or videos they may have.
He said: “We suspect more than 100 people were in attendance at the party.
“So if you may have uploaded a video or a photo that night, we need to see it.
“Let me be clear, this is not ‘come forward and we will arrest you’, this is an appeal for witnesses to help us figure out what happened that night.”
A 17-year-old has been arrested and bailed over Ziggy’s death.
Anyone with information is urged to call 020 8345 3865 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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