London Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy believed to be involved in the gruesome stabbing of Baptista Adjei, a Ghanaian football potential from North Woolwich. Baptista is the latest victim of London’s notorious knife murders. He was found critically injured on Stratford Broadway, east London, shortly after 15:20 BST last Thursday.
Police believe he and a 15-year-old friend were either attacked on a bus, or shortly after getting off.
Another boy was arrested on suspicion of murder after handing himself in on Friday evening.
The Met Police said he had been remanded in custody.
Det Ch Insp Chris Soole said the two boys were stabbed during a fight “on or shortly after alighting from a bus which stopped very close to Stratford Shopping Centre, near tramway Avenue”.
“The victim of this stabbing was a schoolboy with his whole life ahead of him. He had everything to live for. This was a senseless attack and we share the concern and alarm this murder will no doubt cause in the local community,“ the Met police officer complained.
The second injured boy was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Baptista’s friends and members of the public provided first aid but he died at the scene at about 15:50, police said.
In a separate stabbing about five hours later, an 18-year-old man was knifed to death in south London.
Police found the man suffering from stab injuries on the Brandon Estate in Camberwell, at about 20:20.
He died an hour later. No arrests have been made.