The father of London’s latest knife crime victim today demanded that the “bloodshed must stop”, saying that his son was just cycling to meet friends when he was stabbed to death last night.
Israel Ogunsola, 18, who was studying computer programming, was described by his father Dele as “academically brilliant”.
Speaking at the family home a few hundred yards from the scene, Mr Ogunsola, 55, a customer services administrator, said: “My son was a well brought up boy who respected everyone and was liked by all and sundry.
“The bloodshed must stop. London’s streets are so dangerous. Young people are being slaughtered every day. If it means bringing back more stop and search, then so be it. We have to tackle this problem and the Government needs to do more.”
Scene: police erected a forensic tent in Link Street, Homerton, where Israel Ogunsola died of stab wounds (NIGEL HOWARD &copy;)His son, known as Izzy, was one of two men who died in separate attacks a mile apart in east London yesterday. The injured teenager was found by police officers in Link Street, Homerton, at 8pm. He was given first aid by an off-duty paramedic but pronounced dead at the scene 25 minutes later.
Two boys, aged 17, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Hours earlier, a man, 53, suffered a fatal head injury after being “punched” to the floor outside a betting shop in Clapton. Witnesses said the victim was a regular customer at Betfred in Upper Clapton Road. The victim is believed to have had an argument with another man before the attack. His attacker fled after the brawl just before 4.30pm.
The deaths come amid fears of a surge in violence in London, where there have been 55 killings this year.On Monday, Tanesha Melbourne, 17, was shot dead after being caught in the crossfire of a drive-by attack in Tottenham. Minutes later, Amaan Shakoor, 16, was shot in the face in Walthamstow. He died on Tuesday. A Facebook profile in Israel’s name lists him as friends with Tanesha. He is the 21st person under 25 to die from knife or gun crime in London this year.
The girl, named locally as Tanesha, was shot dead in a suspected drive-by shooting while chatting with friendsToday, Israel’s father said his son had been looking forward to a career as a computer programmer. He said: “He was thoughtful and joyous and had lots of friends. He went out on his bicycle and never came back. He was on his own as far as I know, maybe it was a robbery, the police have not told me.
“We are struggling to come to terms with what has happened. He has an older brother and sister, he was the baby of the house. We are all heartbroken.”
He said the family, from Nigeria, came to London in 1985. He said his son, an Arsenal fan who once trialled for the club, had become another unacceptable statistic of the capital’s murder rate.
In Link Street last night, a woman who gave her name as Sara left candles for Israel. She said her daughter had been friends with him at the City Academy Hackney school. She said: “He was a really good guy. It always happens to the good ones. I’ve got five teenagers all sitting at home asking me things like, ‘What are we going to do now?’, and I don’t know what to say to them. I saw him two days ago on his bike. He stopped and said ‘Hello’, like he always does.”
Meanwhile, a man in his twenties was found with non-life threatening stab injuries in Canning Town at 12pm yesterday. A man, 34, was Tasered and arrested.
At 8pm last night, armed police were called to Silverthorne Road, Wandsworth, after reports of gunfire. There were no reported injuries.
Anyone with information about either murder investigation should call police on 101.