Mum who took murdered son to UK for better life says she wishes they never came

Mihaela said she plans to return to Romania after her 16-year-old son Elvis was fatally stabbed in north west London last week – she had brought him to the UK nine years ago for a better life

A mum has spoken out about her devastating loss after her teenage son was stabbed to death in London.

Mihaela moved to the UK with her two children nine years ago to give them a better future.

The heartbroken mum remembered how her son loved music, films and playing with his younger brother.

She insisted Elvis was not in a gang and that London is not a safe place to raise children.

Now she has vowed to return to her native Romania after her 16-year-old son Elvis was murdered in Hillingdon, north west London.

Mihaela said London is “too dangerous” after Elvis became the 30th teenager murdered in the capital last year, on December 30.

“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.”

Mihaela added: “I feel like I want to run away from this country and go back to Romania with my child I still have left. 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 moved to London with her partner and their two children when Elvis was just seven years old.

Elvis was reportedly diagnosed with ADHD in Romania as a child but his condition was not confirmed in the UK until last year.

His mum recalled how he found it difficult to make friends at school and struggled to get help.

The family plan for Elvis’ body to be repatriated and buried in his home country Romania, according to a GoFundMe page.

So far raised more than £8,500 has been raised to take Elvis’ body back to Romania.

Claudia Martonfi, who set up the page, said: “The family are devastated and no words are enough to comfort them.

“When most of us were getting ready to celebrate a new year, their world came apart with the death of their son.

“The family wishes for Elvis’ body to be repatriated and buried in his home country of Romania.

“The little one is missing Elvis a lot and always asking about him.

“How on Earth can you explain to a toddler that his big brother was killed and that he will never see him again?”

A 16-year-old boy appeared at Ealing Youth Court on Tuesday charged with Elvis’ murder.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

A special post-mortem took place on Sunday confirming that Elvis died from stab injuries.

The charge follows an investigation by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.