First picture of footballer knifed outside McDonald’s


This is the first picture of a football starlet teenager stabbed to death outside McDonald’s.

Baptista was found with critical injuries shortly after 3.20pm yesterday outside Stratford Broadway, east London, in what has been described as a “senseless attack”.

The teenager, who was a pupil at St Bonaventure’s School, Forest Gate, sadly died about half an hour later at the scene.

The talented footballer was a former player of Mindset FC and had recently signed for Ultra Elite Youth FC who play in the Echo Junior Football League.  He is believed to have had trials with Ipswich Town.

Mindset FC paid tribute on their Facebook page to their former player who “sadly went to sleep tonight due to knife crime”.

Underneath a picture of Baptista it read: “Dark day at mindset as a former player sadly went to sleep tonight due to knife crime.

“This is becoming all to normal these days and young humble, young people are getting pushed into situations they dont need to be in.

“Our thoughts and our prayers go out to your family.

“We try everything in our powers as coaches, youth workers, mentors and just positive role models to avoid these situations. Knife crime needs to stop now.

“We will be in contact with his family and his other connected teams to raise funds for his family. Watch this space.

“Rest well little man.”

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