A 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, according to the Metropolitan Police.

By Sam Ormiston, Assistant News Editor

20:46, Sat, Apr 13, 2024 | UPDATED: 20:46, Sat, Apr 13, 2024

Rijkaard Salu Siafa

Rijkaard Salu Siafa was pronounced dead at the scene (Image: Metropolitan Police)

The first picture of a 22-year-old man stabbed to death near a London market has been revealed by police, as a murder investigation into his tragic death continues.

Met Police officers were called at around 6pm yesterday evening to reports of a man who had been stabbed in Fellmongers Yard, Croydon, south London.

A number of members of the public attempted to provide first aid, before police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance arrived at the scene.

Despite their efforts, the man was later pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been informed and the victim has been identified as Rijkaard Salu Siafa from Croydon. Specialist officers continue to support Rijkaard’s family.

A 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, while one eyewitness told the Independent that they saw two masked men riding together on a motorbike with one "waving a machete".

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Lee from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command leads the investigation and said: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Rijkaard’s family and friends who are coming to terms with his death following this shocking incident. This loss has ripped an irreparable hole in their family and I would ask their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

“I would also like to thank those members of the public who rushed help Rijkaard in the immediate aftermath. If you saw events unfold but have yet to contact police, then I would ask you do so immediately.

“Local residents will continue to see an increased police presence around the area of Fellmongers Yard – if you have any concerns, please speak to one of them.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or ‘X’ @MetCC and quote CAD6022/12Apr. You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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