Boy, 16, stabbed to death on bonfire night is named as wannabe engineer who was taking his GCSEs
- John Ogunjobi was London’s 5th knife murder in 7 days when he died on Monday
- Friends said John was a drill rapper who went by the name ‘JaySav’
- Harriet Harman said Saturday that there is a link between drill and knife crime
More victims: Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez (left), 22, from the Dagenham area. Sixteen-year-old John Ogunjobi killed in Tulse Hill (right)
A 16-year-old boy who died after being stabbed in Tulse Hill, south London, has been named by Scotland Yard as John Ogunjobi.
Known to friends as JaySav, drill rapper John became the fifth stabbing death in the capital in just seven days when he was attacked on Monday.
He was also the 119th person to be killed in London this year.
Detectives believe John Ogunjobi was attacked by a number of suspects amid the murder is thought to be linked to rival drill music gangs – Lower Tulse Hill and the Harlem Spartans from nearby Kennington.
The teenager collapsed in the street and died in front of his devastated mother, with one witness describing her screaming at the scene.
Police were called to reports of a shooting in Greenleaf Close at 10.53pm on Monday. Paramedics tried to save the boy, but he was pronounced dead at 11.41pm.
16-year-old John Ogunjobi who died after being stabbed in Tulse Hill, south London, on Bonfire night
A user called Spartan H posted a taunt on YouTube yesterday in which he mocked the dead boy’s family and appeared to claimed responsibility for his killing.
But yesterday, family members denied John was linked to gangs, stating: ‘He was retaking his GCSEs and was planning to go into engineering.’
Harriet Harman made a passionate plea at a crime summit on Saturday, saying urgent action was needed to prevent other families going through the heartbreak that John’s have.
Ms Harman said there was an explicit link between drill and knife crime.
Local youngsters left flowers at the scene of the latest murder in Tulse Hill in South London yesterday, where 16-year-old John Ogunjobi became the fifth stabbing death in the capital in the seven days
A post-mortem examination held on Thursday gave the cause of death as a stab wound, but Scotland Yard is investigating whether a firearm was discharged.
A woman who asked not to be named said: ‘He must have been on his own and that’s why they targeted him. He was stabbed five times, in the heart and in the stomach.
‘John was the youngest of three in his family, he was fun, he had a lot of banter. Everyone in the area knew him as a fun guy.’
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Another local resident, 29-year-old Sonia Mansaray, said that the victim was attacked after eating Nandos at a friend’s flat.
Ms Mansaray said: ‘They were all hanging out, just chilling as they always do.
‘The girls had bought John some Nandos – they always look after each other – he was a popular guy. John lived at home with his mum and his sister.’
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh said: ‘I am appealing to anyone who has information that could assist this investigation to come forward and speak to police.
‘We believe the victim was attacked by a number of suspects and the altercation would have undoubtedly drawn the attention of those who were in the vicinity.
‘Did you see or hear anything? If so, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please call – your information could prove to be crucial.’
Police are urging anyone who captured footage of pictures on their mobile phones to get in touch.
The Metropolitan Police said there have been no arrests. Extra officers have been deployed in the area.
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