Dumped naked and bleeding in a public garden, British teenager Dwayne Ward lies unconscious after being viciously stabbed on a Turkish holiday.
The 17-year-old was brutally attacked for kissing a local girl in a bar. He was found close to death with at least 17 horrific knife wounds and razor slashes.
He had cuts to his arms – where he had tried to defend himself – his face, throat, chest, hip, right shoulder and groin. His right eye was also badly damaged.
One knife thrust is said to have almost pierced his heart.
Last night family and friends were praying for the “quiet, decent” youngster as he lay in intensive care in the resort of Marmaris with his mother and brother at his side.
He told his family that all he can remember of the barbaric assault is being hit over the head from behind.
His father, Wayne, was yesterday making plans to fly out to the resort.
Dwayne, from Middlesbrough, was on holiday with mum Doris, 51 and brother, Darren, 32, when he was followed by two men who were apparently intent on taking revenge for his innocent kiss with a local girl in a bar.
He is critical but stable in hospital, and has been able to speak to relatives and doctors.
They hope he will be able to give an account of the attack to police when he is fit enough to be interviewed.
Police have arrested two local men – Attila Dincer, 26 and one named only as Ismael A, 24.
Carolyn Ward, one of Dwayne’s relatives, said: “It has been a massive shock to the family.
“From what we understand his condition has improved slightly. He’s such a nice lad, it’s hard to believe he’s been set on like this.”
Wayne Hand, 17, a former schoolpal at Middlesbrough’s Macmillan Academy, which Dwayne left last year said: “He’s definitely not the sort of bloke to go looking for trouble. At school he was always quiet and well-liked.
“He’s a very popular lad and everyone is totally shocked. We just want to see him recovered and home as soon as possible.”
Neighbours at the family’s neat semi-detached home were also stunned by the news.
One said: “He’s a respectable, decent lad from a nice family. He is certainly not the sort of kid who you’d expect to get into any sort of trouble.
“He spent most of his time kicking a football around at the back of the house either on his own or with his mates. I just hope he pulls though.”
Dwayne’s uncle, Vincent Ward, added: “It’s hit everyone very hard. His dad’s in bits.”
A spokesman for Macmillan Academy said staff and students were deeply saddened by the news.
He added: “The thoughts and prayers of staff and students go out to Dwayne in the express hope that he can make a complete recovery.
“There is a real sense of communal support for his family.”
Dwayne was found in the public garden with multiple stab wounds at around 7.30am on Tuesday morning.
The two suspects were held after a massive police hunt.
Speaking from the Ali Baba Hotel Dwayne’s mum Doris said: “He’s facing another operation. I’m too upset to talk about it.”