A mother watched her young son lie dying in the street after realising he was the victim of one of two fatal knife attacks in Camden on Tuesday night.
The latest murders, bring the total number of people stabbed to death in London this year to 16, including five teenagers.
The first victim, 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan, was found with knife wounds in Bartholomew Road at about 8.30pm on Tuesday.
His mother saw him lying on the floor as he died, after realising he was the victim of the attack when she called his mobile phone and heard it ring, neighbour Layla Awod said.
‘She said (to the police) that jacket looks like her son’s and can she have a look if it’s her son and they refused,’ Ms Awod said.
‘She called his mobile and it was ringing and that’s when she realised that it was her son, and they refused to let her in.’
Speaking on the Peckwater Estate, she said the boy was on his way back home from college when he was stabbed.
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He came to the UK from Somalia when he was two years old and was the eldest of six children, his uncle Yusuf Ahmed said.
Abdikarim’s aunt Fatima Deria, speaking on behalf of mother Shamso Mohamed Ahmed, added: ‘She said she came here for their safety, to flee from home. But he’s not safe is he? He’s dead.’
Less than two hours later police were called to Malden Road and found a second man, believed to be about 20 years old, with serious stab wounds.
A cordon remains in place at the scene on Bartholomew Road, near the Peckwater Estate.
A white tent has been erected outside the Saver’s Mini Market on the corner of Islip Street.
Police are working to establish whether there are any links between the two incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.