A murder investigation has been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death at a busy train station in south London during rush hour.
Despite the efforts of paramedics, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
He has been named as Louis Johnson.
Heartbroken by the news that a young person has lost their life tonight in central Croydon.— Sarah Jones MP (@LabourSJ) January 27, 2020
Our first thoughts are with the family and friends who are facing what nobody ever should. I pay tribute to the work of the emergency services and station staff for their efforts. (1/2)
This brutal loss of a young life is another reminder that tackling violence must be our highest priority at every level of government and across our communities.— Sarah Jones MP (@LabourSJ) January 27, 2020
I will not stop campaigning on this until our children are safe on our streets. (2/2)
Detective superintendent Gareth Williams from British Transport Police, said: “Clearly this was a deeply shocking incident, outside a very busy transport hub in Croydon. Tragically, a young man has lost his life tonight and I know this will be heart-breaking news for his family.
“We have now launched a murder enquiry and I am urgently appealing for any witnesses to get in touch. We believe the assault happened near the back entrance to East Croydon station near Ruskin Square, shortly after 4.30pm.
“If you were in the area and witnessed any altercation, please contact us as soon as possible.
“Alongside the Met, throughout the evening, we’ll be increasing our patrols in the East Croydon area and we have authorised additional Section 60 Stop and Search powers.”
London mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that he was “deeply saddened” by the incident.
Deeply saddened to learn a young man has lost his life. My thoughts are with his loved ones.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 27, 2020
I'm in touch with senior Met officers. The community will see an increased police presence & extra police powers have been authorised. I urge anyone with information to come forward. https://t.co/HetLtM5qqS
Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 395 of 27/01/2020. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.