In pictures: London's victims of violence in 2018

London’s violence victims

An 18-year-old man became the latest fatality on Wednesday evening after suffering devastating knife wounds in an attack. Two more people were killed taking the number of fatalities in the capital this year to at least 50. The deaths come amid a huge surge in violence in London.

February 3: Hasan Ozcan, 19

Police believe Mr Ozkan was “singled out” by a group who wished to cause him harm, and died after being stabbed multiple times in Abbey Road, Barking. (PA)

April 2: Tanesha Melbourne, 17

Named locally as Tanesha Melbourne, the 17-year-old was gunned down in Chalgrove Road, Tottenham, on the evening of April 2. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

January 11: Harry Uzoka, 25

The model was stabbed to death in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. The singer MNEK later tweeted to say he had met him several times and was “shocked” by his death. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

January 8: Daniel Frederick, 34

The Hackney resident was stabbed close to where he lived in Shakespeare Walk, Stoke Newington. He later died in hospital. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

February 18: Lewis Blackman, 19

The Camden rapper, known to friends as Dotz, was stabbed at an address in Kensington. Six people have since been charged over his death. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

January 1: Steve Narvaez-Jara, 20

The victim became the first person to be murdered in the early hours of the morning on January 1, at a flat near Old Street station in north London. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

February 20: Abdikarim Hassan, 17

Mr Hassan was the first of two young men to be stabbed in the Camden area on February 20, in what police believe may have been linked attacks. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

February 12: Bulent Kabala, 41

The taxi driver was shot in what police believe was a “targeted hit” in the Cockfosters area of north London. Three or four men were believed to have attacked Mr Kabala from a UK van with Polish number plates, which was later found abandoned nearby. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

March 5: Kelva Smith, 20

A 14-year-old boy has since been charged with Mr Smith’s murder, after he was fatally stabbed outside a nursery in Albert Road, South Norwood. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

March 14: Joseph Williams-Torres, 20

It is thought that Mr Williams-Torres was sat in a stationary vehicle when he was shot dead in Forest Road, Walthamstow last month. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

March 18: Naomi Hersi, 36

The 36-year-old, who was living as a trans woman named Naomi, was found with knife injuries at an address near Heathrow Airport in Hounslow, and pronounced dead at the scene 30 minutes later. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

March 20: Beniamin Pieknyi, 21

Five people have been charged over the murder of the 21-year-old after he was stabbed to death at the Stratford Centre shopping complex in east London. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

March 30: Leyla Mtumwa

A 38-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Ms Mtumwa, after she was stabbed at an address in Kirkstall Avenue, Haringey. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

March 25: Abraham Badru, 26

Mr Badru was the former recipient of a police bravery award after he intervened during a rape, and later testified against the attacker. He was shot near his home at Ferncliff Road, Hackney, last month. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

March 12: Nikolay Glushkov, 68

The Russian exile was found dead at his home in New Malden. A post-mortem investigation later found he had died as a result of “compression to the neck”. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police)

January 6: Vijay Patel, 49

Mr Patel died after sustaining critical injuries outside a shop in Mill Hill, north London. Police believe an altercation may have started after three teenage boys were refused from buying cigarette papers, over concerns about their age. (SWNS)

January 28: Yaya Mbye, 26

The victim was rushed to hospital after being found with stab wounds at the George Downing Estate in Stoke Newington, and died shortly afterwards. (PA)

January 3: Elizabeta Laca­tusu, 44

The Romanian national was stabbed to death at an address in Norfolk Road, Ilford, in east London. (PA)

February 3: Kwabena Nelson, 22

The first of two murders on February 3, Kwabena Nelson, a youth worker from Tottenham, sustained multiple stab wounds in St Mary’s Close in Haringey. (Photo: PA/Metropolitan Police) (PA)

February 9: Hannah Leonard, 55

Two people have since been charged with Ms Leonard’s murder, after she was stabbed to death at a flat in Camden. (PA)

January 9: Oluwadamilola Odeyingbo, 20

The teenager died in a south London hospital, hours after being stabbed in Empress Drive in Chislehurst. (PA)

January 31: Khader Saleh, 25

Saleh was knifed a number of times in Wormwood Scrubs prison and was pronounced dead at the scene. (PA)

February 11: Sabri Chibani, 19

The Italian national was attacked at a house near Streatham Common, before staggering outside and collapsing in the street. A post-mortem investigation found Mr Chibani had died from a stab wound to the chest. (PA)

January 24: Seyed Khan, 49

Mr Khan was found dead in Ilford Cemetery on February 1, after last being seen at his home in Thamesmead eight days earlier. (PA)

February 20: Sadiq Aadam Mohamed, 20

Mr Mohamed died at the scene where he was stabbed in Bartholomew Road, Camden, shortly after the murder of Abdikarin Hassan in Kentish Town. (PA)

February 17: Jozef Boci, 30

Mr Boci died several days after being violently attacked in Greenwich. Six men were later charged over his murder. (PA)

March 18: Tyrone Silcott, 42

Police were called to reports of a stabbing on Towpath Walk in Hackney. A 28-year-old man was later charged with Mr Silcott’s murder after he was formally identified. (PA)

March 8: Kelvin Odunuyi, 19

Mr Odunuyi became the first teenager to die from gunshot wounds after he was killed outside the Vue Cinema complex in Wood Green. It is believed his assailants fled the scene by moped. (PA)

March 19: Jermain Johnson, 41

The 41-year-old victim was found with stab injuries at about 9.50pm in Vallentin Road in Walthamstow. He was pronounced dead at the scene. (PA)

March 19: Balbir Johal, 48

Two men have been charged over the murder of Mr Johal, who was stabbed in Marlborough Road, Southall on March 19. He died in hospital a short time later. (PA)

March 14: Lyndon Davis, 18

The teenager was assaulted on Padnall Road, Chadwell Heath, and was later found suffering from a stab wound on nearby Nash Road. He died at an east London hospital a few hours later. (PA)

March 17: Russell Jordan Jones, 23

Mr Jones was one of two people who were stabbed and shot in an attack in South Street, Enfield. He died at the scene, but a second victim was taken to hospital and later discharged. (PA)

February 19: Rotimi Oshi­banjo, 26

Mr Ohibanjo was stabbed in Halliday Square, Southall. A 39-year-old man has since been charged with his murder. (PA)

February 14: Lord Promise Nkenda, 17

Mr Nkenda became the youngest London murder victim at that point of 2018, when he was stabbed to death in Goldwing Close, Canning Town. Two other 17-year-old victims have since been murdered in the capital. (PA)

March 13: Julian Joseph, 36

Mr Joseph was attacked on a bus on Alpha Road, New Cross, and died after succumbing to a serious head injury 11 days later on on March 24. (Go Fund Me)

Amaan Shakoor

16-year-old Amaan Shakoor became the youngest murder victim in London so far this year after he was fatally shot on Monday in Walthamstow. (PA/Met Police)

A teenager who was knifed to death and a 50-year-old man who was reportedly punched to the floor brings London’s death toll up to at least 50 for 2018 so far.

The Metropolitan Police has launched 50 murder inquiries, eight in January, 15 in February, 22 in March and five in April.

The sudden spike in killings has stoked concerns over rising violent crime in the capital.

There were 12,980 knife crimes in the capital city in 2017 – 2,452 more than the year before.

This is an increase of 23% rise from the previous year, while crime overall in England and Wales continues to fall.

Last week, the family of Abraham Badru, 26, who was shot dead in Hackney, east London, on March 25 warned that ‘gun culture is becoming rampant in our community’.

After the latest killing of Tanesha Melbourne and Amaan Shakoor, police confirmed a Section 60 – an intelligence led pre-authorised power to stop and search – has been in place since Monday and will be until at least the early hours of Wednesday.

Here are the faces of London’s victims this year: