Josiph Beker was taken to hospital for treatment for stab injuries, but later died
Two 16-year-old boys have appeared in court charged with murder after a teenager was stabbed to death outside a KFC in central London.
Josiph Beker, 17, who was known by family as Yousef, was attacked by a gang in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon in Edgware Road, London.
The youths, who cannot be named because of their age, were joined by family members for the short hearing as district judge Nicholas Rimmer sent the case to the Old Bailey for Tuesday morning.
The pair, one wearing a black shirt and trousers, and the other in a grey jumper and bottoms, were remanded in youth detention accommodation.
They spoke only to confirm their particulars.
Josiph was repeatedly stabbed in a brawl as customers at the fast-food eatery queued for their meals.
Emergency services and police were called to the junction of Church Street at 1.54pm and Josiph was taken to hospital for treatment for stab injuries, but died at around 7.30pm.
Three teenagers were arrested in connection with the incident on Friday.
The two 16-year-olds have been charged with murder, and an 18-year-old has been bailed pending further investigation, the Metropolitan Police said.
The boys are due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.
A post-mortem examination on Thursday confirmed Josiph died from a stab wound to the chest.
His 19-year-old cousin said Josiph, who had been studying business at the City of Westminster College, might still be alive if he hadn’t gone in that day.
Josiph Beker, who was known by family as Josiph, was attacked by a gang in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon in Edgware Road, London
He told the Evening Standard: ‘He told his mum that he didn’t want to go, saying he wasn’t well and hadn’t had much sleep the night before.
‘His mum doesn’t know what to do. She has been crying all day and hasn’t been able to eat or slept since.’
This is while another relative added: ‘He told his mum before he went to college that he felt like he was going to die. She chalked it off as a bad dream and told him it was his last year and he was going to live for a very long time.
‘But he knew how dangerous it was to even go to college.
‘His mother is alive but she is dead on the inside. To raise a boy for 17 years and to have him taken away because people think they are gangsters, it’s just nonsense.’
Videos of the incident have since been published, with Josiph being the 21st teenager to be killed in London this year.
CCTV from a KFC diner showed a fight outside as shocked customers queued for their lunch
Diners watched as the fight continued on the street outside. Josiph later died in hospital
His cousin also added that the teenager had aspired to run his own business one day and described him as an ‘amazing boy’.
He added: ‘We grew up together and he was a sweetheart. He was a mummy’s boy, but he looked after his brother and sister.’
Another friend, who left flowers at the scene in tribute yesterday, claimed that Josiph had protected her from a group just hours before he was attacked.
Other tributes at the scene read: ‘RIP my bro, can’t believe you’re gone, I only saw you yesterday. Prayers for your family’, while another said: ‘From a teacher who knew your potential, rest in peace.’
Josiph had been studying business at the City of Westminster College (pictured above)
Superintendent Andy Brittain, from Westminster, said: ‘We are pleased with today’s arrests and I hope this shows the local community that we take such horrific incidents seriously, and are committed to tackling violence in our borough.
‘I want to reassure the residents and communities of Westminster that our officers are working with partners to do all we can to prevent such tragic attacks and are determined day and night to apprehend those involved and take weapons off the streets.’
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge said: ‘Josiph, known to his friends and family as Yousef, was outside KFC with friends before the attack happened.
Floral tributes were left close to the KFC Shop in the Edgware Road after the 17-year-old was stabbed to death
‘We believe an altercation broke out with another group which led up to the fatal stabbing.
‘At this very early stage we retain an open mind concerning motive but we need to know more about what happened before the incident began.
‘Lots of people were in the area at the time and may well have seen what unfolded.
‘We need them to do the right thing and get in touch with what they saw along with any images or moving footage captured before, during or after the attack.’
LONDON’S MURDERS IN 2019
Where the 105 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: Mohamed Elmi, 37
- 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 10: Florin Pitic, 20, Queensbury
- 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: McCaulay Urugbezi-Edwards, 18, Southwark
- 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: Ismail Ceesay, 33, Forest Gate
- May 30: Steven Kennedy, 61, Plaistow Park
- May 30: Graham Howe, 53, Harrow
- Jun 1: Baris Kucuk, 33, Haringey
- Jun 4: Adrian Murphy, 43, Battersea
- Jun 14: Cheyon Evans, 18, Wandsworth
- June 14: Eniola Aluko, 19, Plumstead
- June 15: Gleb Stanislavovitch Zhebrovsky, 34, Tower Hamlets
- June 15: Giedrius Juskauskas, 42, Stratford
- Jun 16: Stepan Suslyk, 40, Notting Hill
- June 18: David Bello-Monerville, 38, Barnet
- Jun 18: Ionut Manea, 63, Ilford
- June 21: Edward Simpson, 25, Feltham
- June 26: Yusuf Mohamed, 18, Uxbridge
- June 29: Kellymary Fauvrelle, 26, Croydon
- June 29: Riley Fauvrelle, 5 days, Croydon
- June 28: Ian Taylor, 54, Lambeth
- Jun 29: Fuad Habib, 28, Newham
- Jun 29: Gary Blagrove, 44, Fulham
- June 30: Amara Toure, 18, Southwark
- July 3: Tesfa Campbell, 40, Wandsworth
- July 5: Craig Walters, 32, Wembley
- July 5: Amanda Gretton, 57, Blackheath
- Jul 7: Grineo Daka, 27, Leyton
- Jul 8: Kwasi Mensah-Ababio, 26, Wembley
- Jul 10: Leo Marcus, 22, Kidbrooke
- Jul 11: Boluwatife Oyewunmi, 22, Enfield
- Jul 11: Kye Manning, 19, Croydon
- Jul 12: Akbar Arezo, 64, Whitton
- Jul 12: Layla Arezo, 74, Whitton
- Jul 17: Aron Kato, 28, Ilford
- Jul 18: Diane Dyer, 61, Beckenham
- Jul 25: Abdullahi Hassan, 20, South Hampstead
- Jul 23: Robert Komuro, 41, Hillingdon
- Jul 26: Liam Dent, 25, Chessington
- Jul 31: Alciveadis Mauredis, 60, Islington
- Aug 3: Dorothy Woolmer, 89, Tottenham
- May 7: Mohammed Shah Subhani, Hounslow
- Aug 12: Alex Smith, 16, Camden
- Aug 15: Solomon Small, 18, Lambeth
- Aug 20: Amrou Greenidge, 18, Fulham
- Aug 24: Allan Isichei, 69, Southall
- Aug 26: Santino Angelo, 18, Newham
- Aug 29: Lee Casey, 39, Brixton
- Aug 27: Child, 15 months, Putney
- Aug 29: Laura Rakstelyte, 31, Ilford
- Aug 30: Perry Jordan, 15, Tottenham
- Aug 31: Sandra Samuels, 45, Hackney
- Sep 1: Norman Bertran-Tavarez, 24, Southwark
- Sep 3: Michael Irving, 15, Stratford
- Sep 8: Unnamed man, 20s, Lewisham
- Sep 8: Unnamed woman, 20s, Kentish Town
- Sep 9: Unnamed man, 20s, Kentish Town
- Sep 10: Unnamed man, 17, Westminster