The father of one of three young men stabbed to death on London’s streets in just 24 hours is calling on families in the capital to address the rise in knife crime.
Aspiring business studies student Syed Jamanoor Islam died in his mother’s arms on Tuesday after he was set upon by a group of men yards from his family home in Mile End, east London.
The 20-year-old was beaten with a baseball back before being knifed in his side.
His family said the “quiet, humble and studious” young man was an innocent bystander to a row between two of his friends and another group of men in Wager Street.
Speaking on Sunday, Syed Abdul Mukit, the father of Mr Islam, said: "We lost our first son in his mother's arms and no family ever wants to lose a child in that manner.
"We would like to see full justice and those guilty to be punished to the maximum extent of the law.
"It is about time we as community members stand up against violence, injustice and hate in the community.
"I am requesting each and every family in the country to address this important issue of the rise in crime in particular knife crime in our society."
He added: "My family, friends and our community and political leaders are making efforts to build awareness so that no other father or mother loses a child to such violence."
Mr Islam died hours after the fatal stabbing of Abdullahi Tarabi, 19, on Tuesday and Rene Richardson, 24, on Monday, in a shocking day of knife crime in the capital.
Teenage footballer Mr Tarabi, 19, was stabbed to death after being chased into an alleyway in Northolt.
Mr Richardson, 24, collapsed and died outside his Plumstead home after being stabbed repeatedly in a quiet suburban street.
On Wednesday, the Standard reported new figures that showed soaring rates of knife offences in the capital.
An increase of 24 per cent was recorded in knife crime offences, with 12,074 offences last year compared to 9,742 in 2015/16.
Three males, aged 15, 17 and 18, were arrested in the early hours of Sunday in South Yorkshire on suspicion of the murder of Mr Islam, Scotland Yard said.
An investigation has been launched after police were called to reports of a stabbing and found Mr Islam suffering from stab wounds.
He was taken to an east London hospital where he was pronounced dead at just after 5.30pm.
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound.
An 18-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday and taken into custody at an east London police station has been bailed, pending further inquiries, to a date in April.
The Met's homicide and major crime command is investigating.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes said: "We are still keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at that time and might have seen what happened or who has any information about the circumstances."
Police said officers are keeping an open mind about a possible motive.
The three teenagers are in custody at a south London police station.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4868, via @MetCC, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.