Father names teenage son as victim of fatal stabbing in Hackney

An 18-year-old stabbed to death in east London has been named by his father.

Israel Ogunsola was found fatally wounded in Link Street, Hackney, by officers on patrol at around 8pm on Wednesday and was pronounced dead 25 minutes later.

Two 17-year-olds were arrested late on Wednesday evening on suspicion of murder, the Metropolitan Police said.

Dele Ogunsola, who lives on the nearby Jack Dunning Estate, confirmed on Thursday afternoon that his teenage son was the victim.

He declined to comment further at this stage of the investigation.

Fatal stabbing in Hackney
Flowers at the scene in Link Street and Morning Lane, Hackney, east London (Tess de la Mare/PA)

The murder take the total in the capital this year above 50 and stabbings are at their highest rate since 2010/2011.

Israel's death follows that of Tanesha Melbourne, 17, who was gunned down in Tottenham, north London, on Monday.

London crime
Tanesha Melbourne was shot dead in Tottenham, north London, on Monday night (PA)

Tanesha and Israel were friends on Facebook.

On Tuesday, 16-year-old Amaan Shakoor became the youngest murder victim in London so far this year after he was also shot on Monday in Walthamstow, east London - just 30 minutes after Tanesha was killed.

Amaan Shakoor (Metropolitan Police)
Amaan Shakoor (Metropolitan Police)

Scotland Yard has said it is currently investigating 55 suspected murders since the start of 2018, including the deaths of two children whose bodies were found in Sussex.

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