The murder of a Catford teenager on March 2 in Brixton may be linked to the killings of six other young people in the south London area, police say.
Kwame Ofosu-Asare, 17, was chased by two knifemen at around 5.50pm and later died in an ambulance on his way to hospital. Police believe he was an innocent teenager who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A post mortem examination attributed his death to multiple stab wounds received to the chest.
Steve Brady, the head teacher of Forest Hill School where Ofosu-Asare was a student, said: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news of the tragic death of Kwame.
“He will be greatly missed by staff and students at the school and all our thoughts are with Kwame’s family and friends.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information regarding the death of Ofosu-Asare’s, or any of the other six stabbings across the boroughs of Lambeth and Lewisham, to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane, who is leading the investigation for the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC), said: “Kwame was an innocent young man enjoying himself on a Friday afternoon when he was pursued and attacked by two knifemen.
“I am appealing for anybody who was in or around the Moorlands Estate at that time and may have any information to come forward.
“At this stage I believe that this was a random selection of victim and that Kwame could have been attacked by individuals who saw people they did not know on what they perceived to be their territory.
“I also have to consider the possibility that the attack on Kwame was carried out in revenge for the stabbing of another youth in West Norwood on or another stabbing last week.
“The two suspects responsible for this dreadful crime appear to have entered the estate from Moorlands Road close to Hillmead School. I believe they also left in the same direction.”
Police say their may be links between the stabbing in West Norwood also on March 2 along with the stabbing on Shardeloes Road, New Cross on Sunday which left a 20 year old man in a serious but stable condition.
The two suspects are described as black, aged in their late teens or early 20s. They were both wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information should call 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.