Tashan Daniel: Time for Change

Tashan Daniel was only 20 years old when his life was abruptly ended by a violent killer, Alex Lanning. Tashan was an aspiring Olympian who set himself high standards and had so much potential he had yet to give. In a senseless moment of violence, Alex Lanning robbed Tashan’s family of a loving son and brother.

The Murder of Tashan Daniel

On the 24th of September 2019, Tashan was on his way to watch his favourite football team, Arsenal, play Nottingham Forest at the Emirates Stadium. Alex Lanning and Jonathan Camille were on the opposite platform at Hillingdon station while Daniel waited for his train with his friend Treyone Campbell.

The vicious and cold-blooded killer, Alex Lanning, was on license for a previous knife attack in Brighton that he committed in July 2016. He picked a fight with Daniel and Campbell for ‘looking at him’ across the tracks and got angry when Daniel told them to be quiet and get on their train. Lanning then pulled out a German military knife and stabbed Tashan Daniel in the heart. The cruel murderer then laughed as he left the scene, alongside Jonathan Camille, and went on to hide the murder weapon and go on the run for 10 days.

Lanning was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey on August 6th and he was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years. Camille was jailed for six-and-a-half years for manslaughter as he had willingly participated in the attack and done nothing to restrain Lanning.

Beyond the Verdict: Stop Knife Crime Campaign

Although Tashan Daniel’s murderers were brought to justice, this is not the case for the hundreds of knife crime incidents that happen in the UK every day. In Tashan’s memory, the Tashan Daniel Stop Knife Crime campaign was set up to bring awareness to the issue of knife crime and bring it to the top of the government agenda. Without urgent government attention and societal change, the issues of knife crime will continue to cost families their loved ones.