At approximately 11:47 p.m. on Saturday, a 17-year-old boy – whose name has not been released – was found dead on the street in “St John’s Estate in Hoxton, in the east London borough of Hackney” with multiple stab wounds to the body, reported the Mirror. According to an eyewitness, before he was found dead, she saw him being chased by at least 15 people from her window.
“There was a big chase,” said the 40-year-old eyewitness, who asked to remain anonymous. “They ran through the estate, some on bikes – some on foot. By the end of it when he died there were about 15 people around him.”
“I just heard the screams, the cries – a primal scream of death. I could really hear it. I don’t know if it was one of his friends who realized that he was dead but it was the most echoing, crying noise.”
She went on to say that after London police officials arrived at the scene, “[o]ne of them actually worked on him, CPR, for about 15 minutes. He really fought for him. The copper was just unbelievable.” However, the teen boy succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the knife attack.
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As of yet, London police officials haven’t made any arrests in connection to the stabbing death of the teen boy, but an investigation is underway.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, who works for the homicide department, said, “A young man has lost his life in a brutal manner and I am appealing to anyone who was in the area last night and witnessed this attack to come forward and speak to police.”
Police officials are aware of the identity of the victim, but they are withholding the information until they notify the next of kin, reported ITV News.
The teen boy is the second person to have died from a violent act within two days in the area, but he is the ninth teen to die from a “knife attack this year.” Late Thursday, Shaquan Fearon was pronounced dead “after being stabbed in the leg.” Residents claim the area is getting worse, and the local youth centers have been closed as a result.
Teen boy CHASED through London estate by 15 people before brutal murder http://t.co/gW5VhVP7kQ
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Local residents paid tribute to the victim by planting flowers, cards, and lighting candles at the scene where the teen was found stabbed to death.
If anyone has any information regarding the stabbing death of the teen boy, they are asked to contact London police officials or contact crime stoppers anonymously.
An investigation is underway.
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