A relative of Jalan Woods-Bell, 15, has said there is a "pandemic of violence" in the UK (Image: Met Police)

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This is the first picture of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death on his way to school.

Jalan Woods-Bell, 15, died after he was knifed near the Global Academy secondary school in Hayes, west London, shortly after 8.30am on Friday.

He is the 16th teen to be killed in London this year, with the 2021 toll already surpassing that of 2020, when there were 15 teen victims.

A 15-year-old boy charged with Jalan's murder was remanded in custody when he appeared in court on Saturday.

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Forensics officers investigate the fatal stabbing in Hayes
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John Jackson, a relative of Jalan's family, told the Sunday Times: "We have a pandemic of violence that is not being treated like a pandemic.

"As long as it stays in inner cities and urban areas then it is not being seen as a problem that needs to be tackled. There is a feeling the victims are not actually being seen as victims but have done something to deserve it.

"Unless we do something there are many innocent people being caught up in it and their stories aren't being told."

Brits need to stop treating the violence as if it's something that "just happens", he added.

Mr Jackson, a physics teacher and pastor in Wolverhampton, said he rushed to London to comfort Jalan's father, Jairzinho Bell, following the stabbing death.

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The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of a fight close to Global Academy – a college for students aged 14-19 – just before 8.35am on Friday.

Jalan was found with stab injuries and died at the scene.

Mr Jackson, the father of a 17-year-old boy, described Jalan as a "typical teenager".

Jalan was on his way to school when he was stabbed, said Mr Jackson.

Tia Rek-Williams, 21, a teacher who lives nearby, said the incident had been “traumatising”.

She told the PA news agency on Friday: “I didn’t see the initial stabbing but I did see past the point where the boy was on the ground.

“They were saying ‘come on, you’ve just got 30 seconds, hold on, keep fighting’ and as they were saying that I saw his hand drop and his eyes close. It was so traumatising.”

Ms Rek-Williams said emergency services had arrived around 30 seconds later and the boy had been treated with a defibrillator.

She said around six people had tried to help the boy while neighbours came out of their houses and gathered in the road.

She added: “It happened in broad daylight, a 15-year-old boy, there are so many cameras. This happened literally in the middle of the street, not down a back alley, in front of people’s houses. It’s just awful.”

Police were called to the scene during the school run on Friday morning
(Image: PA)

A police spokesperson said: "A teenager has been charged following a fatal stabbing in Hayes.

"The 15-year-old boy from Hillingdon was charged on Saturday, 12 June with the murder of 15-year-old Jalan Woods-Bell.

"He appeared in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court the same day – we await an update on his next court appearance.

"An investigation was launched after police were called on Friday, 11 June to Blyth Road in Hayes where they found Jalan with stab injuries. He died at the scene.

"A special post-mortem examination is due to take place on Sunday, 13 June.

The Met Police has urged witnesses to get in touch with detectives
(Image: Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror)

"Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are investigating.

"Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is asked to call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting reference Cad 1681/11Jun."

Police commander for Hillingdon, Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner, said previously: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of a child’s life to knife crime in Hillingdon.

“This incident, that claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy, took place during [the] school run.

“A family has been devastated and the effects of this terrible incident will reverberate throughout our communities.

“As a parent of a teenage boy myself, I cannot imagine the pain the family is going through and I offer our full condolences and support.”

He added that police patrols in the area will be stepped up.

Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington John McDonnell tweeted: “If anyone can assist the police with any information on this tragic incident, I urge them to come forward.”