ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Police is investigating the killing of a 17-year-old boy in Sri Lanka in the island’s capital purportedly over a TikTok video.
The victim was attacked Monday (03) on Madampitiya Lane in Grandpass, Colombo, by a group of six boys, one of whom had stabbed him to death, police said.
The attackers have yet to be identified.
According to the police media division, the teenager and two of his friends had been on their way to his aunt’s apartment in Randiya Uyana when the six boys approached them: three in school uniform and three in casual wear.
The group had allegedly abused the boy, both verbally and physically. The boy had remove his belt and started to lash out in retaliation when one of the boys in casual stabbed him in the abdomen with a knife. The group had then fled the scene, police said.
The victim’s two friends had then rushed him to the Colombo National Hospital by where he succumbed to his injuries.
The TikTok account owned by the deceased, centred around pictures of himself, has over 2,000 followers and more than 17,000 likes. The last three videos uploaded on the page featured photos of an unidentified girl to a soundtrack of breakup songs and voice clips. His last two videos, also featuring the same girl, were uploaded the day prior to the incident.
Sri Lanka’s DailyMirror, a privately owned English daily, reported that the victim’s mother is uncertain over the true circumstances of her son’s death: whether it was in fact over a TikTok video or a possible romantic relationship.
Investigations are under way, police said. (Colombo/Jan04/2022)