An 18-year-old student and a 19-year-old man were shot and stabbed to death within 12 minutes of each other in separate attacks in London as the city’s murder toll rose to 59 this year.
Cheyon Evans, 18, was stabbed to death in Tooting, south west London, at 4.42pm on Friday.
Witnesses told the Times that he was set upon by a gang of teenagers and was stabbed up to 17 times.
Just 12 minutes after Cheyon was attacked, Eniola Aluko, 19, was shot to death in Plumstead, south east London.
Scotland Yard have arrested five people in connection with the shooting, including four men aged between 16 and 18 and a 17-year-old girl.
The police have also charged Mohammed Nadir Dafallah, 18, and a 17-year-old boy with murder after the stabbing of Cheyon.
Cheyon Evans (left), 18, was stabbed to death in Tooting, south west London, on Friday. Just 12 minutes after Cheyon was attacked, Eniola Aluko (right), 19, was shot to death in Plumstead, south east London
Medical equipment was photographed yesterday at the scene of the attack on Cheyon Evans in Deeside Road, Wandsworth, where police continue to investigate
Police have arrested six men, aged between 16 and 19, on suspicion of murder in the wake of the shocking daylight attack in Tooting
Police and forensics officers at the scene in Tower Hamlets, east London, after a man suffered stab injuries on Saturday afternoon and was pronounced dead
Police have arrested four people over the stabbing in Tower Hamlets, three men aged 17, 16 and 16, and a 17-year-old girl
Flowers were left at the scene of Cheyon’s stabbing on Saturday morning following the murder
LONDON’S MURDERS IN 2019
Where the 59 murders in the capital so far this year have been committed
- Jan 1: Charlotte Huggins, 32, Camberwell
- Jan 1: Tudor Simionov, 33, Mayfair
- Jan 4: Simbiso Aretha Moula, 39, Rainham
- Jan 6: Sarah Ashraf, 35, Isle of Dogs
- Jan 7: Jayden Moody, 14, Waltham Forest
- Jan 11: Asma Begum, 31, Canning Town
- Jan 27: Kamil Malysz, 34, Acton
- Jan 29: Nedim Bilgin, 17, Islington
- Feb 4: Carl Thorpe, 46, Highgate
- Feb 5: Lejean Richards, 19, Battersea
- Feb 10: Dennis Anderson, 39, East Dulwich
- Feb 18: Bright Akinlele, 22, Camden
- Feb 19: Brian Wieland, 69, Chingford
- Feb 21: Glendon Spence, 23, Brixton
- Feb 22: Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, Wood Green
- Feb 25: David Lopez-Fernandez, 38, Tower Hamlets
- Feb 26: Che Morrison, 20, Ilford
- Mar 1: Jodie Chesney, 17, Harold Hill
- Mar 2: Elize Linda Stevens, 50, Hendon
- Mar 2: Jolia Bogdan, 3 months, Croydon
- Mar 3: Unnamed man, 37, Soho
- Mar 6: Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, Kew
- Mar 6: David Martinez, 26, Leyton
- Mar 7: Antoinette Donnegan, 52, Battersea
- Mar 7: Ayub Hassan, 17, West Kensington
- Mar 16: Nathaniel Armstrong, 29, Fulham
- Mar 22: Abdirashid Mohamoud, 17, Isleworth
- Mar 24: Ravi Katharkamar, 54, Pinner
- Mar 27: Ramane Richard Wiggan, 25, West Norwood
- Mar 28: Zahir Visiter, 25, Regents Park
- Mar 29: Gavin Garraway, 40, Clapham
- Apr 1: Calvin Bungisa, 22, Kentish Town
- Apr 2: Hubert Hall, 60, Walthamstow
- Apr 7: Annabelle Lancaster, 22, Enfield
- Apr 8: Noore Bashir Salad, 22, Manor Park
- Apr 16: Gopinath Kasivisuwanathan, 27, Wembley
- Apr 17: Steven Brown, 47, Stoke Newington
- Apr 23: Meshak Williams, 21, Harlesden
- Apr 26: Mihrican Mustafa, 38, Canning Town
- Apr 26: Henriett Szucs, 34, Canning Town
- Apr 26: Amy Parsons, 35, Whitechapel
- Apr 26: Joshua White, 29, Hackney
- May 1: Tashaun Aird, 15, Hackney
- May 5: Constantin Sin, 51, Leytonstone
- May 5: Junior Urugbezi-Edwards, 18, Southwark
- May 11: Erik San-Filippo, 23, Islington
- May 16: Barrington Davis, 54, Lewisham
- May 23: Vladimir Koudriavtsev, 69, Kensington
- May 23: Tatiana Koudriavtsev, 68, Kensington
- May 25: Iderval da Silva, 46, Battersea
- May 26: Alimal Islam, 23, Tower Hamlets
- May 28: Ismaila Ceesay, 33, Forest Gate
- May 30: Steven Kennedy, 61, Plaistow Park
- May 30: Graham Howe, 52, Harrow
- June 1: Baris Kucuk, 33, Haringey
- June 4: Adrian Murphy, 43, Battersea
- June 14: Unnamed boy, Wandsworth
- June 14: Unnamed boy, Plumstead
- June 15: Unnamed man, Tower Hamlets
A witness told the Sun of the stabbing: ‘I haven’t seen that much blood in my life. I kept trying to tell him “stay with me”.
‘Then he just passed away in front of me.’
A man in his 30s died after being stabbed just before 2pm on Saturday in Poplar, east London.
Three men were also found stabbed and slashed in Clapham around 3am on Saturday, but managed to escape with their lives.
The condition of two of the men is unknown, but a third man has been reported as having non-life threatening injuries.
Some 90 minutes after the attack in Poplar, a man in his 40s was stabbed in the chest in Edmonton, north London.
The victim suffered a single stab wound to the chest and was airlifted to hospital where he is in a critical but stable condition.
The incident happened at 3.30pm in North Square, Edmonton, north London. So far there have not been any arrests.
Crime officers were seen searching for evidence in Plumstead, south east London, following the fatal shooting on Friday
An air ambulance in attendance after a man in his 30s was stabbed in Tower Hamlets, east London. He died 40 minutes after being attacked
A man in his 40s was stabbed and critically injured in an attack in Edmonton, north London, at 3.30pm on Saturday. The victim was taken to hospital where he is being treated for his injuries
Three men and a woman have been arrested in connection with Friday’s Plumstead murder
Murdered schoolboy’s father says young people ‘have not learned their lessons’
The father of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor has said young people still have not learned lessons from his son’s death.
Speaking at a conference in central London on gun and knife crime, Mr Taylor said: ‘Young people have taken life as if it’s something to play with’.
‘In our work in the past 15 years at the Damilola Taylor Trust, we have found that the problem that underpins the continuous surge in knife crime in the city of London is based on issues around family neglect.
Damilola Taylor was found bleeding to death in a stairwell near his home in Peckham, south London, in 2000
‘The family issue has often contributed to young people being neglected from home as a result of a dysfunctional home.
‘Secondly, part of the discussion that has been emphasised here is that the problem starts in schools as a result of the schools not understanding the background of these children.’
He also criticised Boris Johnson during his time as London Mayor.
‘Boris Johnson at City Hall, he did his best and what he didn’t understand, how to deal with the black community.
‘He didn’t know the difference between African and Caribbean, he didn’t understand what is called the postcode community. He was asking, ‘What is the postcode?’ – because he wasn’t on the ground.
Damilola was found bleeding to death in a stairwell near his home in Peckham, south London, after being stabbed in the leg with a broken beer bottle by a gang of youths in 2000.
Friday’s murders were the 57th and 58th to hit the capital since 43-year-old Adrian Murphy was stabbed in a block of flats in Battersea 11 days ago.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been criticised for failing to get London’s knife crime under control.
The city already looks set to meet last year’s record, where 132 people were killed in 2018.
It exceeded the count for the year before in early November 2018.
Police said that eight males, aged between 16 and 19, have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the Wandsworth stabbing and Plumstead shooting.
Two boys aged 16 and a 17-year-old boy were arrested following the Plumstead shooting alongside a 17-year-old girl.
They were taken to separate police stations for questioning.
In the early hours of this morning an additional four men were arrested in relation to the Clapham stabbing.
Two were taken into custody for violent disorder while one was arrested for carrying a bladed instrument and a fourth for possession of a taser.
Police have been trying to notify both murder victims’ next of kin. A post mortem will be carried out in each case.
Mr Khan has been under pressure to get attacks under control as the capital heads for another record year of deaths on its streets.
During his state visit, Donald Trump criticised Khan’s handling of the situation.
Lashing out after the Mayor wrote a piece in The Guardian accusing the US President of using the tactics of a 20th century fascist, Trump said Khan should ‘focus on crime in London, not me’.
He also said: ‘Khan reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of New York City, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height.’
Speaking about the Wandsworth attack, superintendent Richard Smith said the events are a ‘stark reminder’ that carrying a knife can ‘easily result in the taking of someone’s life’.
‘A young man died in the most tragic of circumstances and our thoughts remain with his family’, he said.
‘Officers will be patrolling the area throughout the weekend and are available to speak to residents if they have any concerns.’
Officers pictured at the scene where three men were stabbed on Bedford road, Clapham, at 3.22am on Saturday morning during another night of bloodshed in the capital
Four men were arrested in relation to the Clapham stabbing – two for violent disorder, one after being accused of carrying a bladed instrument and another for possession of a taser
A teenage boy was stabbed to death in Deeside Road, Wandsworth at 4.42pm on Friday. A second teenage boy was shot dead at 4.54pm in a car park on Hartville Road, Plumstead. On Saturday, three men were stabbed in the early hours of the morning, while a man was murdered at 2pm in Poplar. A man in his 40s was stabbed in the chest 90 minutes later in Edmonton
Forensic teams examine evidence at the stabbing scene in Deeside road, Wandsworth
A police tent near the scene in Deeside road, Wandsworth, after Cheyon was fatally stabbed on Friday evening
Just 12 minutes after the fatal stabbing a teenage boy was shot dead in a car park in Hartville Road, Plumstead, shortly before 5pm
Appealing for information in relation to the Plumstead attack, detective inspector John Marriot said: ‘The shooting took place not far from Plumstead railway station and I would urge anyone who was commuting to or from this station to speak with us.
‘It was also sunny at the time and a number of people would have been enjoying the weather in the area of Plumstead gardens; I need you to come forward.’
A Met spokesman said: ‘Police were called to Deeside Road, SW17 at 1642hrs on Friday, June 14 following reports of a stabbing. Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a male, believed to be aged in his late teens in a critical condition.
‘He died at the scene a short while later.
‘A crime scene remains in place and police are appealing for anyone with information on what happened to call them urgently on 101 quoting CAD reference 5877/14June.’
Detectives confirmed they are following a number of leads.
Scotland Yard warned local residents in Wandsworth and Plumstead that they will see a heavy police presence as a result of both crimes.
A large crime scene has been established around the scene of yesterday’s fatal shooting
Forensic officers worked through the night at the scene of Friday’s fatal stabbing on Deeside Road, Wandsworth
The Metropolitan police have warned that there will be a large police presence in the area following the attack
Six men were arrested by officers in connection to the stabbing in Wandsworth on Friday
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan released a statement condemning the murders.
He said: ‘I am sickened to hear that two young lives have been ended within minutes of each other in Wandsworth and Greenwich.
‘Our overstretched police are working around the clock to keep Londoners safe. They need our support to end this scourge of violence.
‘I am in close contact with the Metropolitan Police and locally elected representatives.
‘Anybody who has information about what happened either in Wandsworth or Greenwich should do the right thing and call the police, either on 101 or anonymously, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’
Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan said the murder on Deeside road was ‘heartbreaking’ and ‘absolutely tragic’.
‘My heart goes out to the family of this victim after this absolutely tragic incident,” she wrote on Twitter.
‘I spoke at length with people on the Aboyne Estate tonight, anyone with concerns can contact me – I’m here to listen.
‘Sending love to the Tooting family tonight – this is heartbreaking.’
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, pictured yesterday at a service of remembrance for Grenfell, condemned the murders and called on anyone with information on the killings to contact police or Crimestoppers immediately