A 15-year-old boy killed after a double stabbing in east London has been described by friends as an aspiring musician who worked with “some big artists”.
The teenager was found with stab wounds after police were called to Somerford Grove in Hackney shortly before 9pm on Wednesday.
He was given emergency first aid by officers before paramedics from London’s Air Ambulance arrived.
However, the boy was pronounced dead at around 9.50pm.
The family went to the scene of his death and a woman was heard screaming: “It’s my son. It’s my son.”
A man who said he was the boy’s grandfather said: “The family is trying the bear up considering the situation.”
Friends described the victim as an aspiring musician. One said: “It’s sad. It came to us as a surprise because he was a good guy.
“We did music together. He didn’t only produce afrobeats, he made drill music as well. He also sold some beats to some big artists.
“I never thought that any of my friends would be murdered. I’m shocked.”
Another friend added: “I’m so done. It doesn’t feel safe anymore.”
A man who lives nearby and wanted to remain anonymous, said: “I could hear people shouting.
“They were screaming the ‘f’ word. I think it was the friends of the poor boy.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the “horrific violence” and said: “I am deeply saddened by the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in Hackney. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
Police enforced a Section 60 order on Thursday morning which allowed officers to temporarily stop and search anyone in the area without having reasonable grounds.
A 16-year-old boy was also found with stab injuries in nearby Shacklewell Road and has been taken to hospital.
His injuries have been assessed as non life-threatening, police said.
No arrests have been made and the victim’s next of kin have been informed.