A 14-year-old boy stabbed to death in London was killed over an electric scooter while protecting his friend, it’s claimed.
The youngster died outside a pizza shop in Canning Town, Newham, shortly before 4pm on Friday.
One witness claimed the boy’s devastated mum collapsed when she arrived at the scene and found paramedics trying to save her son’s life.
Another eyewitness said the boy’s attacker stole his electric bike and set upon him when he tried to defend himself.
The teen was reportedly wearing his school uniform when he was attacked and waiters from a nearby restaurant tried to resuscitate him before paramedics arrived.
One of his pals wrote online: “You died protecting me bro, where I saw you get stabbed and you dropped I looked at you bro thinking they really got him, most f****** part was they even took his scooter.
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“Rest in perfect paradise my bro, love you forever.”
Witness Lucy Connolly said: “I had just finished a work call and came outside, there were tons of police.
“Everyone was trying to resuscitate him, doing CPR and they gave him a blood transfusion, I think.
“His mum came down and just collapsed and then got up again and was crying.
“He must have been local because he was still wearing his school uniform.”
One witness, who did not want to be named, said: “He died right in front of my eyes.
“They stole his electric scooter and he tried to defend himself.
“The ambulance was six or seven minutes late. He passed away in less than a minute.”
Mum-of-two Sasha Small, 31, a healthcare worker whose son went to school with the victim, said: “He went to school with my son.
“He was in Year 10 and my son is in Year Seven – he was a very popular guy, apparently.
“My mum witnessed the attack because she was walking by at the time.”
Ms Small said her mum saw the teen being attacked by a group.
Eren Tame, a music teacher who also lives nearby, said: “We was walking the dog and the air ambulance came over.
“We thought it was a traffic incident, because this side of Canning Town is usually quiet.
“There were a lot of ambulances and police and there was just so much going on.”
The teacher added that he saw police erect a tent at the scene last night as they searched for clues.
The victim is the eleventh and youngest teen to be knifed to death in London this year.
Police were called to the scene shortly before 4pm and according to witnesses at the scene took under five minutes to arrive.
An air ambulance also landed nearby but despite the best efforts of the emergency services Fares tragically died at the scene.
The youngster was pronounced dead shortly after 4.30pm.
One witness, who works at a restaurant next to where the attack took place, described the last moments of the boy’s life.
Waiters at the restaurant tried to resuscitate the 14-year-old while the emergency services were on their way but sadly he passed away at the scene.
A Zzetta Pizza staff member, who did not want to be named, told MyLondon: “He was wearing school uniform. It was really bad.
“The best thing I was hoping for was that he would end up in hospital.”
“We just saw somebody lying down. I was the one to call 999.”
The Metropolitan Police said there have been no arrests and they will launch a full murder investigation into the circumstances of the boy’s death.
A statement from the Met explained there will be an increased police presence in the area.
Reacting to the boy’s death, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “This is utterly devastating. My heart breaks for the family and friends of this young man.
“I’m in close contact with the Deputy Met Commissioner and there is an increased police presence in the area. I urge anyone who has information to call 101 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to call 101 or tweet @MetCC, providing the reference CAD 5134/23Apr.
To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.