A SEVENTEEN-year old junkie of Lusaka’s George Compound has lost his life in pursuit of a K10 debt from a member of a rival criminal gang.
Kings Sikonde, a member of the notorious gang plying its criminal activities under the name “Bloodies” died after a knife-inflicted stab to his chest spilled all the blood from his body.
Police are now searching for his killer only identified as Fred aged between 15 and 18.
According to authorities the incident happened last Thursday around 16:30 hours when the now deceased approached Fred, a member of the “Never Broke Again” gang to demanding a K10 he was owed.
After initially pretending to retrieve the money, Fred returned with two other juveniles.
During their conversation, Fred allegedly pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed Kings in the chest before fleeing the scene, leaving his colleague lifeless with blood oozing from his body.
Kings was rushed to the University Teaching Hospital but it was already too late as he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“Police officers were alerted and visited the scene where the victim was found with a wound laying unconscious in a pool of blood,” Zambia Police Service deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale stated.
“Postmortem was conducted and the body was buried on Monday, January 22, 2024.”
Investigation revealed that the deceased, Kings was suspected to be part of a group called “the Bloodies,” while Fred belonged to a rival group, “Never Broke Again.”
Tensions had been simmering, and just hours after the stabbing, members of “the Bloodies” went on a rampage, vandalizing property and attacking suspected members of “Never Broke Again.”
Three juveniles from “the Bloodies” were apprehended while authorities continue their manhunt for Fred and other suspects.
Zambia Police Service deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said authorities have intensified patrols in George Compound and surrounding areas to maintain order and prevent further violence.
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By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba January 25, 2024