A young man stabbed to death late on Tuesday night has been named as Jeremie Malenge.
The youth, aged 17, is believed to have been with two friends at the Adonis Supermarket on Homerton High Street when an argument broke out with three or four other young men.
Malenge was chased across the road onto Ponsford Street where he was stabbed three times in the chest. Neighbours attempted to save him but he was pronounced dead at 11.40pm.
The attackers fled immediately after the murder and police have yet to make any arrests. The killing is the seventh to occur in London in the year so far.
Malenge’s uncle, Ernest Katula, 52, told the London Evening Standard: “Jeremie was an excellent young man. We loved him so much and we will always miss him.”
“We will never forget him and we will never have peace until they find out who killed him. We just hope they find the killers and whoever else was involved and bring them to justice for Jeremie.”
He added: “Whoever is in a gang should come out before it’s too late, otherwise they will regret it and turn into something worse. Just put the knives down and concentrate on education.”
The former straight-A pupil at Hackney’s Petchey Academy had one older brother, three younger brothers and a younger sister. It is said he had been out of touch with his family in recent months having fallen in with a bad crowd.
It has now emerged that Malenge had contacted the police earlier on Tuesday evening. An investigation has been launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Scotland Yard has refused to comment.
Detective Chief Inspector Ken Hughes is leading the investigation into the teenager’s murder and has urged anyone with information to come forward.
Witnesses should call the incident room on 020 8345 3865 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.