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Teenage boy stabbed to death in Kentish Town near shrine to murder victim

Grieving friends and family gather at Peckwater estate for second time in three days

21 February, 2018 — By William McLennan

A Kentish Town community has been rocked by two knife killings within the space of just three days.

A 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death at the corner of Islip Street and Bartholomew Road at around 8:30pm tonight (Tuesday).

Paramedics and police officers battled to save the boy’s life on the pavement outside Savers Mini Market, but he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 9pm.

Police closed Bartholomew Road

Neighbours said that he lived with his family on the nearby Peckwater estate, where a shrine was built on Sunday night in the memory of 19-year-old Lewis Blackman, who was murdered in West London. The shrine was built next to one in the memory of his friend, Nuno Cardoso, a law student who died after collapsing in a police van in December.

Shrines to Lewis Blackman and Nuno Cardoso 

The community centre on the estate was opened up late tonight to provide shelter for the family of the latest victim, who have gathered at the scene.

One neighbour said: “He wasn’t caught up in this sort of stuff. I used to see him playing football on the pitches all the time. If they leave flowers for him, I hope they leave them there.”


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