Hawzah News Agency (Dublin, Ireland) – A teenager was stabbed to death by a gang of thugs as he walked home from evening prayers at a nearby mosque in Dublin.
Tragic Azzam Raguragui, 18, died as a result of the injuries suffered in the vicious attack, which happened in Finsbury Park, Dundrum.
A murder investigation has been launched as emotional tributes were paid to the victim.
Popular Azzam, known locally to his pals as 'Azzi', was described as bright, talented and ambitious by those who knew him.
Special prayers in his memory will be held at the Sufi Mosque tonight.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Irish Sufi Foundation said on Saturday: "Just received the devastating and heartbreaking news that our young brother Azzam was set on by a gang of thugs and stabbed to death in a Dundrum park last night.
"Azzam was a kind, courteous, respectful and cheerful young man who always had a smile on his face.
"He was bright, talented and ambitious with aspirations to become a successful entrepreneur. Such a tragic loss. A wonderful young life full of potential cut short.
"My deepest condolences to Azzam's parents and family.
"May Allah give his parents and family patience during this difficult time.
"To Allah we belong and to him is our return." Gardai are seeking to speak with anyone who was in the area when the incident occurred at around 8.10pm.
It is understood from initial enquiries that a number of people were in the vicinity at the time.