TRIBUTES were today paid to a talented 15-year-old footballer who was stabbed to death on a night of carnage in Lawless London.
The teen, named locally as Baptista, was killed outside a McDonald’s in Stratford Centre, East London – just five hours before an 18-year-old was fatally knifed in Camberwell, South East London last night.
The teen was stabbed to death outside a McDonald’s in Stratford, East London yesterday[/caption]
Met Police have now launched two murder probes into the horrific attacks – the latest to grip the capital in a bloody year of violence.
Officers were first scrambled to East London yesterday after reports at the St Bonaventure’s School student had attacked outside Stratford Broadway in broad daylight. It is believed he was attacked either getting on a bus or shortly after getting off.
But despite emergency services desperately fighting to keep the schoolboy alive for half an hour, he died at the scene at 3.49pm.
Another 15-year-old was found with stab injuries at the scene.
He was rushed to hospital, where he remains.
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Victim Baptista has since been remembered as a talented footballer.
Fitness club Mindest Development paid tribute to the teen, writing: “Dark day at mindset as a former player sadly went to sleep tonight due to knife crime. This is becoming all to normal these days and young humble, young people are getting pushed into situations they dont need to be in.
“Our thoughts and our prayers go out to your family.
“We try everything in our powers as coaches, youth workers, mentors and just positive role models to avoid these situations. Knife crime needs to stop now.”
Senie Emmanuel, Head of Football Programming at Mindset FC, told The Sun Online: “He was a good player – a strong player with a lot of potential.”
And he said the local community were reeling after the teen’s death, with some only having played with him just a few days before.
Horrified witnesses recounted the terrifying moments after the attack, with one saying: “I could see him all covered in blood.
“He was in pain and tried to get up.
“There were people around gathering. It was scary as you did not know if any of them could have had a knife too.”
Police have since branded the attack as “senseless”, saying the teen had “everything to live for”.
But just hours later, officers were again scrambled to the scene of another stabbing on the Brandon Estate in South East London at 8.21pm.
The 18-year-old tragically died from his injuries at the scene at 9.14pm.
His next of kin have been informed.
No arrests have been made in the either the Camberwell or Stratford investigations, police said.
It comes after a top cop warned crime victims were suffering as police were forced to deal with Extinction Rebellion protesters in the capital this week.
Met’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said his force was so stretched 500 officers from around England and Wales have been brought in to help.
Britain has seen a rise in knife crime across the country, with the number of offences involving teens increasing since 2013.
And the number of offences involving a knife or sharp instruments spiked by eight per cent from 2017 to 2018.
Speaking last night, DCI Chris Soole appealed for information over the fatal Stratford attack.
He said: “First and foremost are thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends. They so tragically are having to come to terms with this terrible loss of life.
“The victim of this stabbing was a schoolboy with his whole life ahead of him. He had everything to live for.
“This was a senseless attack and we share the concern and alarm this murder will no doubt cause in the local community.”
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Anyone who can assist police into the Stratford investigation is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 4644/10OCT19.
Anyone who can assist police over the Camberwell attack is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 7532/10OCT19.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also tweet information to @MetCC
The centre was cordoned off as cops probed the murder in Stratford on Thursday afternoon[/caption]
A tent was set up after a young boy was killed in Stratford yesterday afternoon[/caption]
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