Police are appealing for witnesses after a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in Homerton on Wednesday afternoon.
Lamarni Hylton-Reid, of Warwick Grove, Clapton was reportedly on route to his mother’s birthday when he was attacked in what one witness said was a “row over a fiver”.
Emergency services were called to the scene on Homerton High Street at 5:10 pm following reports of a stabbing. Hylton-Reid was found alive and underwent emergency surgery but died in hospital at 6:30 pm from a wound to the chest.
Today, The Metropolitan Police announced that they have ruled out robbery as a line of enquiry but are “keeping an open mind regarding a motive”. No arrests have been made.
The Met’s Chief Inspector Andy Walker said: “It’s a really shocking incident so I can see why… local people are upset by this. But I would like to reassure people that this is an isolated incident.”
Hylton-Reid’s uncle, Kilton Hylton said: “Lamarni was a quiet lad and a nice person. He was very chilled out and laid back. He was still trying to figure out what he wanted to be in life.”
Tributes to Hylton-Reid have also flooded social media.
Viviana Lazarte posted on Facebook: “All I can say is that I’m deeply shocked, I still can’t believe you’re gone… you have been an awesome friend & I’m truly blessed to have met you. I will never forget every moment we spent together.”
An inquest into the death has been scheduled to open on 19 September.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call the Met’s dedicated incident room on 020 8345 3865 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.