2021 was the worst year for teenage killings in London on record, with 30 young victims losing their lives.
This number was halved last year, with 14 teenage deaths recorded.
According to a 2021 report nearly half of London’s 300 youth centres have closed down and last year analysis by YMCA England found that Britain has cut money for youth services by almost £1bn in the last decade.
City Hall says it has invested in several local partnership programmes and is supporting dedicated neighbourhood police officers to help tackle youth violence.
But teenage violence continues to be a colossal issue in London, with two teenagers losing their lives within a seven hour period on May 5.
So far this year a total of 20 teenagers have allegedly been murdered in London.
These are the names and faces of every young person killed in the capital in 2023 so far.
Tiffany Regis, 15
Tiffany Regis, aged 15, died after a blaze ripped through the block of flats she lived in in Beckton, Newham. The cause of death was smoke inhalation.
The fire broke out in the late afternoon on April 6, with the Met Police called at around 5.30pm.
A post-mortem examination was held and formal identification took place at East Ham Mortuary on April 8. Police said the identification was not conclusive, but they believe that Tiffany Regis died in the fire.
The fire is being treated as arson and an investigation has been launched. A 16-year-old male was arrested on April 6 on suspicion of murder. He was released on bail until a date in early May, pending further enquiries.
Chima Osuji, 17
Chima Osuji, 17, was stabbed to death near a primary school in north-east London on April 10.
Police were called to Longshaw Road in Chingford, at about 9.20pm on Easter Monday to reports of a stabbing.
Despite the efforts of members of the public and emergency services, who provided first aid, Chima died at the scene.
Three teenage boys were arrested. Two 16-year-old boys were charged with murder on April 14.
Tyler McDermott, 17
Tyler McDermott, 17, was found shot in Norman Road, Tottenham, Haringey, at around 4.20am on April 13.
He was taken to hospital but died of his injuries on the afternoon of April 14.
Six men were charged with murder between April 16 and 23: Tyrese Barnett, 19, of no fixed address; Leo Reid, 19, of Tulse Hill; Tyrese Matthews, 20, of Black Prince Road; Damaris McBeth, 19, of Lucern Close, Hammond Street, Cheshunt; Rhys Antwi, 19, of Prentis Road; and Alfred Coker, 20, of Bowen Drive.
Renell Charles, 16
Renell Charles, 16, a pupil at Kelmscott School in Walthamstow was stabbed in Markhouse Road.
The attack happened at around 4.09pm on May 5 as he was leaving school. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.39pm.
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with his murder.
In a statement, a Met spokesperson said Renell lived locally and that his family were being supported by specially trained officers.
Headteacher Sam Jones said the attack marked the "darkest of days" for the school community.
"A Kelmscott student was tragically killed in a senseless knife attack," he said.
"Kelmscott is a large and tight-knit family and this loss will be felt for a long time to come. I know we will come together as a community and support one another through this."
Wazabakana Elanda Jordan Kukabu, 18
Wazabakana Elanda Jordan Kukabu, 18, known as “Jordan” was stabbed to death in Dagenham on May 5.
Police were called at 11:47 pm on Friday to reports of men armed with machetes near to Dagenham Heathway tube station.
They found Jordan suffering from stab injuries. Despite the efforts of emergency services, he sadly died at the scene.
A post-mortem examination was held on Sunday May 7 and gave a cause of death as a single stab wound to the chest.
A second man, aged 20, was taken to hospital with a stab injury. His condition has been assessed as non life-threatening.
A 20-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released with no further action. But the same man was also arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and has been released on bail for this offence.
His death came just less than 12 hours after 16-year-old student Renell Charles was stabbed outside the school where he was a pupil.
Khaled Saleh, 17
Khaled Saleh, 17, was found stabbed in Paddington Green, Paddington, City of Westminster, at 1.41pm on June 19. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2.15pm by emergency services.
A 16-year-old boy was charged with his murder on June 22. Two other teenage boys were also arrested on suspicion of murder. One remains in custody while the other has been released on bail.
Victor Lee, 17
Victor Lee, 17, was found stabbed in the canal by Scrubs Lane, Ladbroke Grove, at around 5.45pm on June 25.
He was pulled from the water but was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.09pm. A postmortem confirmed the cause of death was stab wounds.
Three boys aged 14, 15 and 17 were charged with murder and robbery on July 1.
Leonardo Reid, 15
Leonardo Reid, 15, was one of three people stabbed in Archway, Islington, at around 11.33pm on June 29. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene just after midnight.
A postmortem examination found the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest. A 23-year-old man was taken to hospital but later died of his injuries.
A third victim, believed to be aged 28, was also taken to hospital. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.
Abel Chunda, 27, of Highgate Hill, Islington, has been charged with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.
He is also charged with possessing an offensive weapon.
A 17-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder has been released on bail.
A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday July 5 and remains in custody at a north London police station.
Andre Salmon, 18
Andre Salmon, 18, was shot while riding a moped in Stamford Road, Tottenham, Haringey, at around 5pm on July 3. He continued on the moped and turned left onto Constable Crescent before colliding with a parked car. He collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was shot by a man riding an e-scooter
The suspect was described as black and aged in his late teens or early twenties.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Rahaan Ahmed Amin, 16
Rahaan Ahmed Amin, 16, was stabbed in West Ham Park, Newham, at around 5.30pm on July 9.
He died in hospital on July 10 and a postmortem examination found the cause of death was a stab wound to the heart. A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder on July 13. Two other teenagers remain under investigation.
Claudyo Jauad Lafayette, 17
Claudyo Jauad Lafayette, 17, was stabbed during a fight in Granville Road, Kilburn/North Maida Vale, Brent, at around 11.22pm on July 14. He died at the scene and a postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen. A second 17-year-old boy was also injured.
A woman, aged in her early 20s, received hospital treatment for an injury to her hand and has since been discharged. Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are investigating.
Three 18-year-old men were arrested and released on bail.
Det Ch Insp Wayne Jolley, who is leading the investigation, said: “Although we have arrested three people in connection with this murder, I am certain that there is more information that will help our investigation. I urge anyone who is yet to come forward to please speak with us.
“A birthday party has ended in tragedy, and a family has been left mourning the loss of a young man who had his whole life ahead of him.
“Did you see or hear anything? Did you film the incident on your phone? Call us and let us know what happened.”
Stefan Valentine Balaban, 17
Stefan Valentine Balaban, 17, was stabbed in Whitchurch Lane, Edgware, Harrow, at around 1.05am on July 28. He died at the scene.
DCI Neil John said: “A significant amount of work is taking place to identify any suspect and I am asking anyone who was in the area at the time the incident occurred to contact us immediately.”
Yusuf Mohamoud, 18
Yusuf Mohamoud, 18, was stabbed in Regents Park Road, Finchley, Barnet, near the junction with Lichfield Road, at around 9.40pm on August 7.
He collapsed after running to a supermarket over the road and was pronounced dead at the scene.
DCI Neil Rawlinson said: “Anyone who was in the area between 9pm and 10pm on August 7, who may have seen something that could help our investigation is asked to contact police.”
A 15-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Anis Omar Zen, 19
Anis Omar Zen, 19, was stabbed in Masefield Avenue, Stanmore, Harrow, at around 4.50pm on September 4. He died at the scene a short time later.
Saeed Ibrahim, 18, of Stanmore, was arrested on September 8 and charged with murder the following day.
Max Moy Wheatley, 19
Max Moy Wheatley, 19, was stabbed in Jubilee Park near Tent Peg Lane, Petts Wood, Bromley, at around 2.30pm on September 20.
Max, who lived in Orpington, died at the scene and a postmortem examination recorded the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart. No arrests have been made.
Det Ch Insp Matthew Webb said: “I am urging anyone who witnessed this attack, or who saw someone running away from the park, to please come forward and contact my team. Although the stabbing took place away from local roads, I’m certain that there are people who would have noticed something that seemed out of place or unusual, or someone behaving in a suspicious way.”
Elianne Andam, 15
Elianne Andam, 15, was stabbed as she made her way to school in Croydon at around 8.30am on 27 September. She was pronounced dead at the scene near a bus stop on Wellesley Road at 9.21am.
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with her murder. He has been charged with murder and possession of a knife.
A spokesperson for Elianne’s family said: “Our hearts are broken by the senseless death of our daughter.
“Elianne was the light of our lives. She was bright and funny, with many friends who all adored her.
“She was only 15, and had her whole life ahead of her, with hopes and dreams for the future.
“All those dreams have now been shattered. Our lives have fallen apart, along with that of our wider family.
“We ask the media to please respect our privacy as we try to grieve the short life of our beautiful child.”
Taye Faik, 16
Taye Faik, 16 was stabbed to death in Kendal Gardens, Edmonton on Sunday night October 1. Officers attended along with ambulance colleagues.
Tragically, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the 16-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
DCI Joanna Yorke from the Specialist Crime Command, and who leads the investigation said: “This is a tragic incident in which another young person has lost their life on the streets of London.
“We are in the early stages and are currently working on a number of lines of enquiry in what is a fast-moving invesigation.
“We are urgently appealing for anyone who may have any information about this incident to contact us. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have any footage including CCTV or dashcam of the incident or the local vicinity around the time of the attack.”
Tafari Thompson-Mintah, 16
Tafari Thompson-Mintah, 16 was riding his moped along Sevenoaks Way in St Paul’s Cray, Orpington when he was involved in a collision at about 3.30pm on Monday October 9.
Despite the efforts of emergency services, he died at the scene.
Joseph Barnes, 40, was arrested on Thursday October 12 on suspicion of murder and then charged on Saturday October 14.
Tafari’s family has launched a fundraiser to pay for his funeral.
In a statement on GoFundMe they said: “We are heart broken by the sudden, tragic and devastating loss of our son, Tafari Mintah. On October 9 my beautiful son, only 16 years old was tragically killed by a hit and run driver in Sevenoaks Way at approximately 3:32pm. Our family and friends are so distraught as Tafari had his whole life ahead of him.”
Mehak Sharma, 19
Mehak Sharma, 19, was found stabbed at a residence in Ash Tree Way, Croydon, at around 4.10pm on October 29. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was found to be a stab wound to the neck. Police believe she is an Indian national who recently arrived in the UK.
Sahil Sharma, 23, of Ash Tree Way, Croydon, who was known to the victim, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. Police appealed for witnesses who heard or saw a disturbance at the address.
Simarjeet Singh Nangpal, 17
Simarjeet Singh Nangpal, 17 was stabbed during a fight in Burket Close, Southall, Hounslow, at around 12.15am on November 15. Police and paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Four men aged 21, 27, 31 and 71, were arrested on suspicion of murder.
Detective Inspector Martin Thorpe, from Specialist Crime South, said: “We are working around the clock to find those responsible for Simarjeet’s murder, as his family struggle to come to terms with their loss.
"Four men have been arrested and our enquiries continue. I would urge anyone with information about how the events unfolded or anyone who may have captured the incident on their phone, dash cameras or doorbell footage to please come forward.”
The Met Police
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said: “Each and every homicide is devastating – these victims are not just statistics and not just numbers. They all have families, and they all should have had their lives ahead of them.
“Tackling violence is front and centre of our focus. Officers see first-hand how violent crime destroys the lives of victims and their families. This is exactly what motivates officers to remain dedicated to stopping these crimes from happening in the first place.
“Officers have been deploying into known hotspot locations where violence takes place, using innovative tactics and high visibility patrols to keep communities safe. They have also been focussing on prevention and diversion, to help young people turn away from a life of crime.
“There are also bespoke operations taking place across London, tailored to the local concerns of the community. In response to the high level of teen homicides last year, the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce launched Operation Denali where officers carry out a range of proactive activity in Croydon, Haringey, Greenwich and Newham – areas identified as having high volumes of serious youth violence.
“We will not stop using all the tactics available to us to keep our young people safe, while also working with partners to target the root causes of these devastating crimes.”