Man, 22, stabbed to death was ‘destined for greatness’, says grieving family

The devastated family of a young man stabbed to death in South London have said he was “destined for greatness” in an emotional tribute.

Lavaun Witter, 22, died on Friday after suffering fatal stab wounds in Wisbeach Road, Croydon.

No arrests have been made in connection with the killing.

In a heartbreaking statement his family said: “We don’t know how we are going to go on. It is just too painful.”

Police and paramedics were called at 8.10pm, but Lavaun died at the scene.

Another male was stabbed in the incident, with police describing his condition as non life-threatening.

Lavaun’s family, said in a statement issued through police: “The family is absolutely devastated and the impact this incident has had is enormous and his local community is distraught.

“No one could have seen this coming. Lavaun was destined for greatness and he wanted to fly high.

“He just wanted to have a good life and to take care of his family.

“Everyone who knows him will remember him as a legend.

“We are all absolutely traumatised. We don’t know how we are going to go on. It is just too painful. Long Live Lavz.”

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Kieran, from Specialist Crime South, said: “A young man has lost his life and his family have been left heartbroken by this needless act of violence.

“Someone knows who did this and I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything shortly after 8pm on Friday evening to come forward; no matter how insignificant you think your information might be, it could help us piece together what happened.

“We know that a group of males attended the address and an altercation occurred which resulted in Lavaun being fatally injured.

“If you can help us find who is responsible for this attack, then I would urge you to contact police immediately. “

He continued: “I am aware that this was one of a number of violent incidents in and around the south London area on Friday evening but there is nothing to connect these incidents together at this time.”