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Parents grieve over 'conker' death

The parents of a student who was knifed to death after remonstrating with youths who threw conkers at him have spoken of their grief.

Steven Grisales, 21, was attacked as he made his way to Silver Street railway station in Edmonton, north London, last Wednesday.

He died the next day from a single stab wound to the heart. A 15-year-old boy has been charged with his murder and appeared in court.

Speaking from the scene, his mother Jasmid wept as her husband Andres told of their heartbreak.

Mr Grisales said his son was a "great boy" whose brothers and sisters were "devastated" by his death.

The couple appeared near the murder scene in College Close to pay tribute to their eldest child and appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Mr Grisales, who was in Argentina on business when his son was killed, said Steven had been visiting his grandmother and shopping for her before he was attacked. He said he had done nothing wrong in the run-up to the stabbing.

"He did everything right," Mr Grisales said. "It wasn't that he stayed late. It wasn't that it was late at night. He didn't drink, he didn't smoke, he wasn't into any gangs or any large groups.

Hugging his inconsolable wife to him he said such attacks do not occur in Argentina, where he works, and Colombia, where the family are from.

He said: "It's incredible that this would happen to him. It is devastating for all of us, the whole family, aunties, cousins, grandma, uncles, back home, it's been horrible because we don't get it. We don't understand."


From Belfast Telegraph