Yasmin Chkaifi was stabbed to death in the street in Maida Vale, west London, has been pictured for the first time
A woman stabbed to death in the street has been pictured for the first time.
Mum-of-two Yasmin Chkaifi was stabbed multiple times in the street in Maida Vale, west London, on Monday morning.
The knifeman – who police say was known to the victim – was then run over and killed, with a 26-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.
Tributes have been laid around a tree at the scene today, with several mourners in floods of tears.
Two women were seen embracing as they cried in each other’s arms.
Yasmin’s family told the Mirror they want “justice” for the 43-year-old’s death.
They claim their loved one’s killer was well known to police, describing him as an “abusive monster”.
They added that the man allegedly responsible for his death has their thanks and say he shouldn’t be sent to prison.
It is understood Yasmin and her killer were previously married but had been divorced for some time.
Police, ambulance crews and the fire service, who freed the injured man as he was trapped underneath the car, were all called to the scene, but both he and the woman were pronounced dead.
The car ran over a 41-year-old man around 9am yesterday in an apparent bid to stop the attack.
Lolita Aranas, a cleaner at a nearby church who witnessed the event from her bedroom window, said: “The man was lying down on the floor. The ambulance paramedics were pumping him.
“The lady was lying down at the same time. I know that they weren’t moving or responding. Maybe two hours they were trying and trying.”
The incident took place in front of horrified onlookers with some witnesses desperately trying to intervene.
Mulugeta Asseratte said she heard shouts of “stop it, stop it” as she walked up the street from a nearby bakery and saw a woman being attacked by a man.
“All of a sudden it moved to the street and no sooner than they reached the street than a driver came and hit both of them,” she claimed.
“We were all shocked and shouting and my heart goes out to the families of this fatal incident.
“This is something one sees in movies, not in real life,” she added.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood acknowledged that members of the public “bravely tried to intervene.”
“A man has been arrested in relation to the case; we are not aware of any links between this man and the two deceased.
“I can also confirm that we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection to this incident.”
I have added that a team of detectives are working to establish the circumstances.
The families of the man and woman who died have now been told.
Witnesses can call police on 101 quoting the reference 1496/24jan, or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.