London teen homicides hit record high as social media accuses fueling violence

Mr Mezenner, 17, was stabbed in West Green Road, Islington on January 19, making him the first teenager to be killed in London in 2021.

A student at City and Islington College, he had made an anti-knife crime video just weeks before he was stabbed as part of his media studies class.

His mother described him as a “lovely” and “very academic” boy who “didn’t deserve this at all” and said he wanted to be a pilot, while his 21-year-old brother said he was. “a calm and humble person”.

A 17-year-old was convicted of murder at Old Bailey in August. The accused had dozens of clips on his cell phone of fighting games and posing for photos with large blades.

Two other 17-year-olds were convicted of manslaughter.

Romario Opia

Mr Opia, 15, died on January 25 after being stabbed to death in Archway, a week before his 16th birthday.

More than 100 people attended a vigil in her honor on February 2 at Holland Walk on Elthorne’s Estate from Archway, some wearing t-shirts printed with her photo, while others lit candles, said prayers and pulled out paper lanterns.

Her aunt told the memorial, “Young people, I will say this. Put the [knives] down and reach for the heavens. You are the sons and daughters of tomorrow.

Alan Streeter, Principal of Beacon High School, said of his former student: “While in school he turned out to be a great character and a very popular young man… Our school community, and in especially his friends, try to make sense of this terrible loss.

Hani Solomon

Mr Solomon, 18, was fatally stabbed in the chest on February 11 in Parsons Green.

After paying homage to Hani where he died in Ackmar Road, friends described him as “one in a million” and “one of the nicest boys around”.

Tyrell Logan, 18, a close friend of the victim, said: “He was a friend you could always count on … If you can’t afford something, he’s there for you, if you don’t. can’t do something, he “I’ll do it for you – that’s how he works, that was his moral in life.

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