“The blood came out like water”. Says a witness. During the morning rush hour in Croydon, south London, the 15-year-old was allegedly stabbed in the neck with a foot-long knife near the Whitgift retail mall, according to a witness.
In a statement, Elianne’s family said: “Our hearts are devastated by the tragic loss of our daughter.
“Elianne was a ray of sunshine in our life. She had a large circle of devoted friends and was bright and amusing.
She had her entire life ahead of her at the age of 15, along with ambitions and dreams for the future.
“All of those hopes have now been crushed. Both our lives and the lives of our extended family have crumbled.
“As we try to process the brief life of our beautiful child, we ask that the media respect our privacy.”
Numerous bouquets of flowers, cards, and candles have been placed at the scene along with tributes for Elianne, and a sizable police cordon is still in place.
On Thursday, as they laid flowers, police officers who were among the first on the scene and fought to attempt to save her were obviously moved.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said: “I spent the morning in Croydon meeting locals, youth workers, community leaders, police officers, and others and they all seem stunned, frightened, and heartbroken. When I say that our thoughts are with her family and friends, I know that I speak for everyone.
“I have never seen someone loose this much blood, not even in movies”.
This comment was made by a bus driver who was on the scene when this tragic incident occurred. Before emergency services came, the bus driver and a bystander were seen attempting to save Elianne before the police arrived.
Other witnesses said they saw the boy stab the girl in the neck with a black and thin knifez