Boy, 15, stabbed to death in Croydon named by police

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15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in south London has been named by police.

Zaian Aimable-Lina died at the scene of the attack in Ashburton Park, Croydon , shortly after 7.30pm on Thursday.

The Metropolitan Police said a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

A 15-year-old boy remains in custody on suspicion of murder.

Less than an hour after the attack, a 16-year-old boy was fatally wounded at Philpot’s Farm, in Yiewsley, west London, and was pronounced dead at 8.25pm.

The number of teen homicides in 2021 has now surpassed the peak of 29 in 2008.

Scotland Yard said there was no intelligence to link the two incidents, which happened more than 20 miles apart, but called on parents to talk with their children about the impact of carrying weapons.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, who is leading the Specialist Crime Command investigation team, said: “My thoughts continue to be with Zaian’s family and friends as they cope with this tragic loss.

“My team are continuing to work around the clock so that we can give Zaian’s family the answers they deserve.

“Zaian’s death has sent shockwaves through the local community and London as a whole.

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Officers close to the scene of the murder in Croydon

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Officers close to the scene of the murder in Croydon

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“He was just 15 years old and had his whole life ahead of him and we need the community to work with us to bring those responsible to justice.

“No matter how insignificant you may think it, if you have information that can help, you must do the right thing and contact us immediately.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley, who is leading the Yiewsley investigation, added: “I am urging anyone with information, or who saw the attack, to come forward and speak with us.

“We need to establish what happened and find the person who is responsible.”

The double tragedy brings the total number of teenage killings in the capital in a calendar year to 30 – passing a previous peak of 29, set in 2008.

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Police activity at Philpot’s Farm Open Space, close to Heather Lane in Yiewsley, Hillingdon, west London, after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death on Thursday.

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The seriousness of the situation was further underlined by Pastor Beryl St James, from Shiloh Worship church and charity in nearby Thornton Heath, who told the PA news agency she had just received a call from a parent who had found a knife in their child’s room that morning.

Also speaking from the scene, she added: “I know we have to work and we all have duties to fulfil, but as a parent you cannot think that’s it OK to leave the state to continually look after your child.”

Police Commander Alex Murray, in a direct appeal to parents from the scene in Croydon, said: “If you have concerns, talk to your kids.

“Make sure they’re not carrying knives, make sure they’re not hanging around with kids carrying knives.

“We don’t know who has knives but we can find out and we can stop them hurting someone or being hurt.”

He said the Met was “absolutely committed to bringing those offenders to justice”, and added: “This is what happens when knives are carried and we all have a role in relation to tackling knife crime.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley, who is leading the Yiewsley investigation, added: “I am urging anyone with information, or who saw the attack, to come forward and speak with us.

“We need to establish what happened and find the person who is responsible.”

The double tragedy brings the total number of teenage killings in the capital in a calendar year to 30 – passing a previous peak of 29, set in 2008.

The seriousness of the situation was further underlined by Pastor Beryl St James, from Shiloh Worship church and charity in nearby Thornton Heath, who told the PA news agency she had just received a call from a parent who had found a knife in their child’s room that morning.

Also speaking from the scene, she added: “I know we have to work and we all have duties to fulfil, but as a parent you cannot think that’s it OK to leave the state to continually look after your child.”

Evening Standard