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Mum of boy, 16, stabbed to death says she’s leaving UK to protect ‘child I have left’

Ionut Elvis Tacu, 16, known as Elvis, died as a result of stab wounds sustained in an attack on December 30 at around 7.34pm in Yiewsley, Hillingdon when police were called to the scene

The mum of a 16-year-old who was stabbed to death in London last week says she plans to return to Romania as the capital is not safe – and she wants to protect her remaining child.

Ionut Elvis Tacu, 16, known as Elvis, died after an attack on December 30 at around 7.34pm in Yiewsley, Hillingdon when police were called to the scene.

He was the 30th teenager to be killed in the capital last year.

Elvis was pronounced dead at 8.25pm on Philpotts Farm Open Space close to Heather Lane, MyLondon reports.

Another 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with Elvis’ murder.

Paying tribute to her son, Elvis’ mum Mihaela told The Sun he was a “lovely boy” and that he “was not aggressive at all”.

Elvis’ heartbroken mum said: “If he had been an aggressive child, or in a gang or something, maybe we would not be so devastated.

“I feel like I want to run away from this country and go back to Romania with my child I still have left.”

Mihaela added: “He had never come home beaten up, and nothing like this had ever happened to him. Then suddenly he got killed.

“I brought him here when he was seven years old to give him a better future – now he will go back to Romania in a coffin.”

“We wanted to move out of London before he died because it is not safe. It is not a place to bring up children.

“I will not come back here and will encourage people with children to have second thoughts about moving here.”

Mihaela added: “Of course, his brother doesn’t understand why he is not with us, which is heartbreaking. He has kept on asking us when Elvis is going to be back home.

“I never thought anything like this would ever happen to us. We have jobs and our own house.

“We are not from a rough family at all. It is very hard to understand why this happened.

“He struggled to make friends at school and has struggled to make friends since he was a baby. He needed help and no one helped him.”