Teenage musician stabbed to death in east London

A 15-year-old aspiring musician who worked with "some big artists" has been stabbed to death in east London.

The family of the boy went to the scene of his death in Hackney with one woman heard screaming: "It's my son. It's my son."

The killing, which is the 44th homicide in the capital this year and the 27th fatal stabbing, happened in Somerford Grove on Wednesday night.

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The scene at Somerford Grove in Hackney, east London, where a boy believed to be 15 years old has been stabbed to death. Police were called to the scene on Wednesday evening to reports of a stabbing.
A police cordon put up between Stoke Newington Road and Somerford Grove in Hackney, east London, where a boy believed to be 15 years old was stabbed to death. Police were called to the scene on Wednesday evening to reports of a stabbing.
The scene at Somerford Grove in Hackney, east London, where a boy believed to be 15 years old was stabbed to death. Police were called to the scene on Wednesday evening to reports of a stabbing.
A major investigation has started after a boy, thought to be 15, was stabbed to death in Hackney last night. Police were called to Somerford Grove, just before 9pm on Wednesday, 1st May. A male, believed to be 15 years old, was found with stab injuries. He was given emergency first aid by officers before paramedics from London's Air Ambulance were called to the scene. Despite the efforts of emergency services, he was pronounced dead at 21.49hrs. His next of kin have been informed and have tonight been to the crime scene. A second male, believed to be 16 years old, was found with stab injuries in Shacklewell Road. He has been taken to hospital. His injuries have been assessed as non life-threatening. No arrests have been made. Footage shows a police cordon where a forensic police unit investigate the scene. A group of people walk past the cordon and one man covers his face as the filmer turns the camera on him.
The scene at Somerford Grove in Hackney, east London, where a boy believed to be 15 years old was stabbed to death. Police were called to the scene on Wednesday evening to reports of a stabbing.
A major investigation has started after a boy, thought to be 15, was stabbed to death in Hackney last night. Police were called to Somerford Grove, just before 9pm on Wednesday, 1st May. A male, believed to be 15 years old, was found with stab injuries. He was given emergency first aid by officers before paramedics from London's Air Ambulance were called to the scene. Despite the efforts of emergency services, he was pronounced dead at 21.49hrs. His next of kin have been informed and have tonight been to the crime scene. A second male, believed to be 16 years old, was found with stab injuries in Shacklewell Road. He has been taken to hospital. His injuries have been assessed as non life-threatening. No arrests have been made. Footage shows a police cordon where a forensic police unit investigate the scene. A group of people walk past the cordon and one man covers his face as the filmer turns the camera on him.
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Despite efforts of medics to save him he was pronounced dead at 9.49pm. He is the eighth teenager to die violently so far this year.

Another teenager, 16, who was found with stab injuries in nearby Shacklewell Road, was taken to hospital, but police said his injuries were not life-threatening.

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A friend who visited the scene of the boy's death said: "It's sad. It came to us as a surprise because he was a good guy.

"We did music together. He didn't only produce afrobeats, he made drill music as well. He also sold some beats to some big artists.

"I never thought that any of my friends would be murdered. I'm shocked."

Another friend added: ""I'm so done. It doesn't feel safe anymore."

A man who lives nearby but did not want to be named, said: "I could hear people shouting.

"They were screaming the 'f' word. I think it was the friends of the poor boy."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the "horrific violence," and said: "I am deeply saddened by the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in Hackney. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

Police enforced a Section 60 order on Thursday morning which allowed officers to stop and search anyone in the area.

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