THE father of the teenager fatally stabbed at Victoria station last week has spoken of his grief in losing his 'good, funny boy'.
Abdeslam Belamouadden said he could not believe Sofyen Ghailan was gone, and that the 15-year-old would no longer be playing football with friends outside the family home in East Acton.
Moroccan Mr Belamouadden, who has another son and two teenage girls, said: "Sofyen was not into gangs or guns.
"He was a good boy. Everyone here knew him and liked him and he made friends and family laugh.
"He loved football and played for Chelsea's youth team.
"He enjoyed playing on his computer and talked of being a pilot in the future.
"I can't believe he's gone. He was in his mother's womb for nine months - you spend years caring for your children, changing their nappies and then this.
"We're in shock, especially as it happened during rush hour at a busy London station."
Sofyen's brother, Mohammed, 16, said: "He said he was going to go knock on his friend's house and would come home after that, but we didn't see him again.
"We don't know why he was at Victoria - only Sofyen knows.
"I loved Sofyen. He was the best brother ever and we did everything together. We were like glue.
"He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time."
Mr Belamouadden, who moved to the UK in 1987, said his former wife, Naima Ghailan, had gone to stay with relatives following the death of their son, who was a pupil at the Henry Compton Secondary School in Fulham.
A neighbour whose children had played with Sofyen since he was a little boy said: "It's every parents' nightmare to hear that their child is dead.
"Something needs to be done to prevent these children - as that's what they are - from being killed, and to stop parents from crying more tears.
"As a parent, you discipline them and ask them to tell you who they're with and where they're going, but you can't stop them from living their lives by keeping them at home where it's safe.
"It was such a shock to hear Sofyen had died. He was such a good boy."
On the day Sofyen died, last Thursday, police were called at about 5.20pm to reports of a stabbing at Victoria's District and Circle line ticket hall. Sofyen was pronounced dead at 6.15pm.
Anyone with information about the incident should call the police on 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Twelve youths, all aged 16 or 17 and all from south London, have been charged with Sofyen's murder and are due to appear at West London Youth Court on Tuesday.
Victoria Osoteku, 18, of Brookmill Road, Deptford, has also been charged with murder and was due to appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court yesterday (Thursday) as the Gazette went to press.
Seven other teenage boys were arrested and bailed to return pending further enquiries.
Another three boys were arrested on Monday this week.