Kiyan Prince was a promising footballer in Queens Park Rangers’ academy, but was stabbed to death outside his school when he broke up a fight in 2006, aged 15
Queens Park Rangers will rename their Loftus Road home in honour of Kiyan Prince, the promising academy player who was stabbed to death.
As of the 2019/20 season, the ground will be known as The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and an official unveiling will take place when Rangers play their first game of the new campaign.
Just 15 at the time, Kiyan Prince attempted to break up a fight outside his school on 18 May, 2006, but lost his life.
His father, Mark, set up The Kiyan Prince Foundation to educate young people about the devastating consequences of knife crime and said: “I can’t tell you what this means to Kiyan’s mum, to me, his brothers and sisters, his friends and people who have been supporting the work we have been doing.
“Kiyan was a very special young man. We hear many stories about his kindness and good nature so to have the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium at a place where his skills were honed is a dream come true.
“It means so much and only confirms the relationship that I know I have with the QPR fans. They always give me their support.
“This gives us so many opportunities and we have to make sure we capitalise on them. Kiyan would be blown away by what is going on.”
In a statement, the Championship side revealed fans were invited to nominate a local charity which would be gifted the naming rights of the stadium. From those nominations a shortlist of five charities was drawn up by the club for supporters to select their preferred choice and The Kiyan Prince Foundation received more than 63 per cent of the overall vote.
QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “From the outset we wanted fans to nominate a local charity which has had a strong impact on our community, and The Kiyan Prince Foundation has certainly done that.
“With Kiyan’s connection to QPR, there is already a very close bond between the club and the charity. We will be looking to strengthen that over the coming months while helping to enhance the impact and reach of their fantastic work.
“I am delighted for Mark who is an inspiration to us all.”