Back on the 9th March I posted this story regarding the young man’s death. According to the post by mylondon.news website on the 3rd March Tai was found at his home having suffered multiple stab wounds to his thighs. Four days later 22 year old Kamila Ahmad was arrested and charged with his murder.
In the post below from the same website Stacey (Tai’s mother) speaks of her loss and how devastating it has been for her and the family.
On March 3, 19-year-old Tai O’Donnell was found at his home in Alpha Road, Croydon having suffered a number of stab wounds to his thighs.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
On March 7, 22-year-old Kamila Ahmad of Robinhood Lane, Mitcham, was arrested and subsequently charged with his murder.
Tai’s mother, Stacey O’Donnell, has said that her world has been shattered by his death, and that the whole family has been left “broken”.
Stacey, 35, is a mother-of-four and lives in Croydon.
She said in a heartfelt statement: “Tai was my first child and will always be my baby.
“He was one in a million, a loving, kind, beautiful human being and we as family couldn’t be prouder of the man he was growing into.
“Tai’s passion in life was to take care of those that he loved.
“One of the things he wanted most in life was for the world to hear his music and to be able to buy me a house.
“He planned to go on to university and really wanted to make something of himself, and his teachers and peers said he had every potential and the drive needed to achieve those goals.
“From writing music lyrics to making beats or drawing and painting, beatboxing and dancing, Tai blew us all away with his creative skills, charm charisma and high energy.”
Tai had turned 18 just before the pandemic took hold, meaning he never got the chance to do “any of the things that most teenagers can’t wait to experience”.
“He never got to go to nightclubs and music festivals or travel to different parts of the world,” Stacey said.
“He was so looking forward to returning to college and hoping to get back to normal.”
The teenager’s mum said he “deserved so much better” than what happened to him.
She said: “Tai’s life came to a horrific and tragic end whilst in the safety of his own home, he deserved so much better than this.
“He deserves to be remembered for the amazing young man he was – not just another statistic.
“A beautiful soul has been taken from this world far too soon.
“We are completely broken without him and he has left a devastating void in mine and our whole family’s lives. It can never be filled.
“As a family we implore people please put down your knives.”
Tai’s family have launched a fundraiser on GoFundMe to help cover the costs of the funeral “to give Tai the send off he deserves.”
At the time of writing, they have raised a phenomenal £6,175 of their £8,000 target, thanks to the kindness of friends, family and strangers.
Ahmad was remanded into custody to appear at the Old Bailey on May 26.
Pictures from the scene on March 3 showed police having cordoned off a residential building at the end of Alpha Road, believed to be a townhouse that has been converted into flats.