Kind, happy’ food bank volunteer stabbed to death handing out church leaflets

Kind, happy’ food bank volunteer stabbed to death handing out church leaflets

Mohamed Issa Koroma, 24, died at the scene in Sheffield city centre on September 17 as friends say he was an ‘all-around good guy’ who ‘dedicated his life to helping others’

A “kind” food bank volunteer was stabbed to death while handing out church leaflets, his heartbroken pals have said.

Mohamed Issa Koroma, 24, died at the scene in Sheffield city cintre on September 17.

Mohamed, also known as Chris, was a food bank volunteer who “dedicated his life to helping others”, YorkshireLive reports.

Victoria Walker, whose two children were friends with Mohamed through a charity that they all volunteered at, has now set up a fundraiser for his family.

She said: “It was more my children that had a personal relationship with him, but generally speaking he was such an optimistic and positive person.

“He was always happy. He wanted to dedicate his life to helping others.

“He was very helpful and very much loved the work he did. He was just an all-around good kid.”

Victoria said he volunteered at the soup kitchen in Sheffield that her mother ran and also undertook various other charitable work.

She said: “He was like a second son to my mum.

“He was a little bit cheeky. Mum said he would come to the soup kitchen and he wanted to help but he wanted to try the food as well.

“He pretty much dedicated his life to serving God and helping people and doing charitable work.”

She said he had settled in Sheffield after moving from abroad with his family.

Victoria has now set up a GoFundMe in a bid to raise money for Mohamed’s family to help with funeral costs and “general costs”.

She said: “We just want to give him the best possible send-off.

“He dedicated his life to serving humanity and we believe he should be sent off properly.”

Plans for his vigil and Mohamed’s funeral area are still underway.

Police launched an appeal following the incident.

Officers reacted to the scene at around 4:30pm on Friday, September 17 to reports that a man was stabbed in High Street, suffering serious injuries.

South Yorkshire Police spokesman said officers attended the scene and despite their best efforts and that of ambulance staff, he was sadly pronounced dead at 5:15pm.

A post-mortem examination concluded that he died as a result of the stab injuries he suffered.

James Lee, 31, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of Mohamed.

Lee, of Rotherham, was remanded in custody following a brief hearing this morning. He will next appear at Sheffield Crown Court.

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