A teenager pleaded for his life before he was stabbed to death in a car park today, witnesses said.
The victim was heard begging “No, no, don’t do this” as he was ambushed and beaten by a gang who inflicted the fatal knife wound before fleeing in a car.
Neighbours raised the alarm after they were woken by screams at about 12.30am this morning. They tried to save the teenager but he was pronounced dead in hospital about 30 minutes later.
The killing, in a car park between a housing block and NHS buildings in Elmfield Way, Maida Hill, is London’s sixth violent death in 11 days.
A resident told the Evening Standard: “I first heard two thuds, and when I looked they were already on him. He was crawling on the ground, the other kids were kicking and punching him all over. He was covering up begging them to stop. There was a stab motion then there was bleeding, and someone shouted ‘call the police’.”
Another witness added: “There was a lot of noise ... the boy was shouting ‘No, no, no, don’t do this’. Then they did whatever they did and then sped off in a car.”
She added: “Neighbours went to help - they were trying save him. They tried very hard."
Another person who witnessed the attack said: “I heard him pleading for his life there was lots of shouting.”
Scotland Yard said homicide detectives were in the process of informing the victim’s family.
There is concern that violence that has been suppressed during lockdown could now spike.
Recent deaths include: Jahreau Shepherd, who was stabbed to death at his 30th birthday party on the Black Prince Estate, Kennington, on Saturday; Dean Edwards, 43, who was shot in the back of the head in Betts Park, Penge, on Sunday; and Muhammed Samir Uddin, 19, who was stabbed to death outside Crossharbour DLR station in Poplar on Friday.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting Cad reference 185/15Jul or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.