A 17-year-old boy was being questioned on suspicion of murder today after a teenager was stabbed to death in south London.
Levi Ernest-Morrison, also 17, was found collapsed on the ground with a knife wound in Sydenham on Saturday evening.
The teenage suspect was arrested on Wednesday and is being held at south London police station. It came as a 36-year-old woman appeared in court charged with Levi’s murder.
Today detectives issued a fresh plea for anyone with information about the killing to come forward.
DCI Chris Wood said: “I am appealing for anyone who has information concerning the identity and whereabouts of the people involved in this murder to share what they know with my team.
“It is often the case that friends or acquaintances of the victim know who was responsible, if you are one of those people, please do the right thing by your friend and get in touch with us.”
He said that if someone does not want to speak directly to police, information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously.
“Or, if you prefer, you can speak directly to us where all information will be treated in the strictest confidence,” he said.
“Whatever you decide, please consider Levi and his devastated family and do the right thing.”
Police, paramedics and London’s air ambulance were called to the junction of Hazel Grove and Sydenham Road at about 7.20pm on Saturday.
Medics battled to save Levi but he was pronounced dead at this scene shortly after 8pm.
The teenager’s mother, who asked not to be named, fears her autistic son was killed in a case of mistaken identity.
She told the Standard: “He was waiting for his friends and he didn’t realise what his friends were doing.
“He was a beautiful boy with a beautiful heart.”
Nichola Leighton, 36, of Sydenham, is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday charged with murder.
Anyone who has information and wants to speak with police should call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 6072/10APR.