The number of teenagers killed violently in London is at its highest in more than a decade (Image: Getty Images)
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The number of teenagers killed violently in London is at its highest in more than a decade and police fear 2021 could be the most horrific since 2008.
A string of post-lockdown stabbings and shootings have claimed the lives of 17 in the capital so far this year.
This is despite serious violent offences falling by 22% and a drop in the overall murder rate.
Met Police fear stabbings will get worse over the summer resulting in more fatalities.
Last year the teenage murder rate fell greatly last year due to lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
There were 15 teenage deaths in 2020 compared to 26 the year before.
Met Police fear stabbings will get worse over the summer
The heartbreaking figure for 2021 so far has already exceeded the number for the whole of 2020 and a top cop fears if the rate of deaths continue at the same pace it will be higher than 2008 when 28 teenagers died.
Commander Alex Murray told the Telegraph : "If London continues to see this rate of violence we will be on track to see the worst year for young homicides since 2008.
“Every single murder is a tragedy, but they are not spread evenly either geographically or by age and ethnicity.
“Of these young victims, more than two thirds are black and 15 were killed with a knife. We are extremely concerned about this and are calling on every Londoner to play their part to prevent further needless killings.”
Fares Maatou, 14, is the youngest stabbing victim in London
The youngest teenage to be killed in London this year is 14-year-old Fares Maatou.
The schoolboy was wearing his uniform when he was allegedly stabbed to death with a Samurai sword in Canning Town, east London, in April.
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with his murder.
His family were "absolutely devastated".
A second teenager was stabbed to death in Canning Town in the same month.
Junior is the second member of his family to be stabbed to death
Abubakkar 'Junior' Jah was the second member of his family to be fatally stabbed after his older brother Ahmed, 21, was killed in 2017.
The 18-year-old was found dying on the pavement near his home.
A neighbour said: “I came out of my house and saw Junior lying there. They are a nice family. It’s so sad.”
Speaking at the time of Ahmed’s death, his father Abubakarr Jah, a railway worker, said: “Young people need to put down their knives and stop the violence.
Drekwon Patterson, 16, was stabbed in Wembley on February 18
“It is destroying families and communities.”
Jalan Woods Bell, 15, was stabbed to death as he walked to school in Hayes, West London earlier this month.
A boy, 15, from Hillingdon, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with his murder.
Mr Murray said police were being met with "wall of silence" while investigating teenage killings in London.
Jalan Woods-Bell, 15, was stabbed in Hayes on June 11
He said: "Detectives investigating serious violence often meet silence from people we know have information that could help prevent violence. We have seen it recently in the tragic shooting of Sasha Johnson that took place last month.”
Ms Johnson, a BLM activist, remains in a critical condition after being shot in the head at a party in Peckham, south London on May 23.
Four men have been charged with conspiracy to murder in connection with the shooting of the mum-of-two.
Sasha Johnson is fighting for her life after being shot
On Thursday cops charged Prince Dixon, 25, of Gravesend, Kent, and Troy Reid, 19, of Southwark, south London, with conspiracy to murder.
It brings the total number of people charged over the shooting to four after Devonte Brown, 18, and Cameron Deriggs, were previously charged with conspiracy to murder.
Mr Murray added: "We understand that some people may not trust the police, so we are working hard to build those relationships and show that we are only motivated by preventing violence. It is our number one priority."
Stabbing victim Tai O'Donnell with his mum Stacey O'Donnell
(Image: WTS Media)
Yvonne Lawson, whose talented footballer son Godwin was murdered in 2010, said lockdown restrictions being eased had played a part in the increase in knife crime.
She said: "It has been 11 years since I sadly lost Godwin to knife crime as he tried to stop a fight between friends. Eleven years on, mothers are still losing their babies to knife crime in our capital. We should never get desensitised or complacent to youth violence.
"We need to all come together and fight this epidemic as we are fighting Covid-19. The police alone don't have the cure, we urgently all need to work together, report what you know about violence and free young people from this terrible cycle."
The 17 teenagers killed in London this year
Anas Mezenner, 17, stabbed in Haringey on January 20
Romario Opia, 15, stabbed in Islington on January 25
Hani Solomon, 18, stabbed in Parsons Green on February 11
Drekwon Patterson, 16, stabbed in Wembley on February 18
Ahmed Beker, 19, stabbed in Paddington Green on February 26
Tai O'Donnell, 19, stabbed in Croydon on March 3
Mazaza Owusu-Mensah, 18, stabbed in Abbey Wood on March 6
Nikolay Vandev, 19, stabbed in Tottenham on March 8
Hussain Chaudhry, 18, stabbed in Walthamstow on March 17
Levi Ernest-Morrison, 17, stabbed in Sydenham on April 10
Fares Maatou, 14, stabbed in Canning Town on April 23
Abubakkar Jah, 18,stabbed and shot in Canning Town on April 26
Daniel Laskos, 16, stabbed to death in Romford on May 7
Azadeeq Mohamed, 18, stabbed in Edgware on May 31
Taylor Cox, 19, shot in Islington on June 8
Denardo Samuels-Brooks, stabbed in Tooting Common on June 10
Jalan Woods-Bell, 15, stabbed in Hayes on June 11