Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death in north-west London, one of three knife killings on the capital’s streets in 48 hours.
The victim was found by paramedics on Newnham Close, a residential street in Northolt, at 3.20pm on Tuesday, the Metropolitan police said. He was taken to hospital where doctors pronounced him dead just over two hours later.
Three 19-year-olds and an 18-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Detectives from the Met’s homicide and major crime command have appealed for witnesses.
Police said the victim’s next of kin had been informed but he had not yet been formally identified.
Young people gathered on Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to the 19-year-old. A group of young men laid flowers around a phone near the spot where he lost his life. After carefully arranging bunches of flowers, one uncorked a bottle of brandy and poured it around them. The young men then stood in silent remembrance.
Minutes later, more arrived at the scene. Amran Karshe said: “We grew up together. Each holiday, each school break, either my family would go to his house or his family would come to mine. It’s shocking to hear this, because he was like my brother.
“He was just a really good young person; he loved his family as well.”
Jamal Warsane, a relative of the victim, said: “Stabbing someone to death – it’s not going to solve anything. Hatred is – there is no end to it.”
“It’s an ongoing cycle,” Karshe added.
The teenager was the youngest of three victims of fatal daytime stabbings in London in the first two days of this week. Just over an hour after the Northolt stabbing was discovered, a 20-year-old man was found with stab wounds in Mile End, east London. He was pronounced dead in hospital 45 minutes later.
“At this early stage it is believed the victim was with friends in Wager Street when he was approached by a group of males,” the Met said. “An altercation began and the victim was stabbed.”
An 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday and taken into custody.
Homicide detectives are also appealing for witnesses to the stabbing of Rene Richardson in Plumstead, south-east London, on Monday. Paramedics found the 24-year-old on Bournewood Road at 4.30pm and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It is believed the victim was approached by two males in Grasdene Road, Plumstead, before he was attacked,” the Met said. “The victim then made his way to Bournewood Road where he collapsed and an ambulance was called.”
Police investigating the killing arrested a 23-year-old man on Tuesday at an address in Bognor Regis, Sussex, and took him into custody at a south London police station. They are also trying to trace a second man – described as black and wearing a white T-shirt – who was seen leaving the scene in a BMW sports car.
Inquiries are continuing in all three cases.