A 14-year-old boy was stabbed at least seven times in the back in ‘a targeted attack’ after being deliberately knocked off his moped in London’s fourth murder of 2019.
Police are investigating whether the killing of Jayden Moody in Waltham Forest, North East London, during rush hour was motivated by a row between rival gangs.
Jayden is thought to have moved to the capital with his family only six months ago from Arnold in Nottingham – and friends said he was a ‘humble and calm’ boy.
Jayden Moody, 14, was stabbed to death last night in Waltham Forest, North East London
Jayden’s uncle Josh Grant posted on Facebook that he would never forget the 14-year-old boy
Officers were called shortly before 6.30pm yesterday following reports of a road crash between a moped rider and a car and found the teenager stabbed in the road.
Detectives believe three men got out of the car and knifed Jayden before returning to the vehicle and speeding off. He was pronounced dead shortly after 7pm.
The murder is London’s fourth of the year so far after less than ten days of 2019 – and follows 12 months of bloodshed in the capital which saw 134 homicides committed.
Jayden’s uncle Josh Grant posted on Facebook: ‘RIP to my little nephew… Can’t believe I’m never gonna see you again. Uncle Josh will never forget you.’
He added: ‘I told him before they moved to London from Arnold six months ago he had to behave down there. He didn’t listen. He looked up to me so much. I tried to show the right way. I feel so s*** and upset right now.’
A police officer at the scene next to the cordon today in Waltham Forest, North East London
Flowers left at the scene in Waltham Forest today after the 14-year-old boy died last night
And his friend Jason Smith told the Evening Standard: ‘He was usually on a pedal bike, not a scooter. We’re all shocked and devastated. He didn’t trouble anyone.
‘He was humble and calm. He just wanted to make his parents proud. He was very close to his family and just wanted to be happy with his life.’
Scotland Yard said the murder was ‘a targeted attack’. Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker said today: ‘Everyone is shocked and appalled by this murder.
‘The age of the victim, a boy aged 14, beggars belief and I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area.’
Anthony Anderson, a mechanic who works in an alley next to the road where the stabbing took place, said he would often give the victim ‘fatherly advice’.
Detectives are investigating in Waltham Forest today after the 14-year-old boy was stabbed
A police officer stands next to flowers which were left at the scene in Waltham Forest today
He said he thought the victim, who he described as a ‘very nice guy’, was older than 14 because he had a mature attitude.
London has already had FOUR murders in 2019
- Charlotte Huggins, 32: January 1, 4.20am, Camberwell, SE5
- Tudor Simionov, 33: January 1, 5.36am, Mayfair, W1
- Sarah Ashraf, 35: January 6, 6.20pm, Isle of Dogs, E14
- Unnamed boy, 14: January 7, 6.30pm, Waltham Forest, E10
Lee Pomeroy, 51, was stabbed to death at Horlsey station in Surrey on a train heading to London on January 4 at 1pm
Mr Anderson said it ‘hit him hard’ when he found out the victim was someone he knew on Tuesday evening.
He last saw the teenager, who would sometimes come to get his bike fixed, walking down the alley last week.
Speaking outside the garage where he works, he said: ‘He’s somebody I really spoke to a lot, tried to get him off the street, tried to just get him to go to school … it really, really hit me when I heard last night.’
The victim was somebody you could have a ‘nice conversation’ with, Mr Anderson said.
He continued: ‘As an older person I just tried to give him fatherly advice, not only him but all the young guys – when I saw them I always tried to give them some fatherly advice at times.’
He added: ‘He would listen to you, you could sit and talk to him and he would listen.’
An officer looks at paperwork by the police cordon in Waltham Forest this morning
Mr Anderson, a father-of-two, added: ‘I only hope and pray that this will all make a difference, with all this happening, just because if they don’t do something quick and fast it’s gonna be more serious.
‘A lot of those young kids get caught up in some situation … and it’s not going to be better if they don’t have more police support in the area and more parental guidance. It’s going to be worse.’
Police are looking for a black Mercedes B Class with ‘extensive frontal damage’ which hit the boy’s moped before three men got out and stabbed him.
Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith added: ‘Everything that we have learned about this attack so far indicates it was targeted and intent on lethal force from the outset.
A forensic officer investigates next to a moped at the crime scene in Waltham Forest last night
Last night the street remained cordoned off and a forensic tent had been erected in the middle
‘We are doing everything we can to catch those who carried out this cowardly attack and bring them to justice.’
The Waltham Forest murder has shocked the local community. Paramedics made a desperate attempt to save the teenager but he died soon after they arrived.
A father-of-three, who was in the Raw Fitness gym nearby at the time, told the Standard: ‘A guy in here earlier saw everything. What happened was there was a guy on a moped with no plates.
‘A car came behind him, deliberately whacked into him, he then fell on the floor. Three men then jumped out of the car, stabbed him from behind and drove off.’
Locals said there were moped gangs of young people in the area, with drug dealing also taking place.
Officers were called to Waltham Forest in North East London shortly before 6.30pm yesterday
Police believed the boy had been involved in a crash with a car before he was stabbed to death
Ali Yamah, a tyre fitter who has worked locally for 17 years, said the area could be intimidating at night.
The 48-year-old said: ‘Walthamstow – it’s very famous now. In my experience here there is drug dealing, this is the main source. In the evening, now it’s winter time, they put on masks.
‘Sometimes we are afraid, people are afraid of this kind of behaviour.’
One local resident, who did not want to be named, told BBC News that crime was getting worse in the area and she was hoping to move away.
She said: ‘I think it’s ridiculous. Every year, every month, something’s happening – all these killings. I have kids and I don’t see them growing up here.’
Three males allegedly got out of a car and stabbed the victim before returning to their vehicle
The scene in the Waltham Forest area of North East London last night after the boy died
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Despite efforts of paramedics, he was declared dead at 7.09pm. Next of kin have been informed.
‘A crime scene is in place. The homicide and major crime team has been informed. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.’
One man, who did not want to be named, described how a witness came into the premises where he works nearby, clearly horrified by what they had seen.
He told how the witness informed him how the teenager who was on the moped was struck by the car which was travelling in the opposite direction.
He said: ‘They said they knocked him off the moped and got out of the car and they stabbed him seven times – there were unsurvivable wounds in his back.’
Police arrived at the scene last night to discover a 14-year-old boy had received stab wounds
Paramedics made a desperate attempt to save the teenager but he died soon after they arrived
Police are at the sceneconducting forensic tests and a cordon is expected to remain in place
The man added that the witness recalled how the boy was possibly unconscious when he was stabbed, with his helmet thrown up to 30ft away.
The man added: ‘He thought it was an accident, that somebody had knocked someone, but then he said they quickly came [out of the car]. They beat him up, and they stabbed him, and they left.’
A worker at the nearby Raw Gym told Mailonline that he had seen a mobile phone video of the victim lying in the road.
‘It looked like he has been stabbed two or three times in the back’, he said. ‘This guy who comes into the gym sometimes had got it on his phone.
‘I saw on the phone that the police were trying to help the kid and he had been stabbed in the back. The wounds were very big.’
Charlotte Huggins (above) was the first stab victim of 2019 after being stabbed in Camberwell
He said he understood the victim had been knocked from his moped by a car and then attacked.
Another local said there had been trouble between local gangs, mainly the ‘Beaumont Crew’ and their ‘OC’ (Oliver Close) rivals.
‘They fight regularly. There’s loads of knives being carried around. It ain’t safe to be walking around here at night either.’
Residents who live on Bickley Road said they did not hear any shouting or screaming.
They said it was not until they saw the blue flashing lights from the emergency services that they knew something had happened.
Tudor Simionov, pictured with his girlfriend Madalina Anghel, was stabbed to death outside a VIP ‘sex party’ in Park Lane, Mayfair, on New Year’s Day
Late last night the street remained cordoned off at both ends and a forensic tent had been erected in the middle.
Forensic officers in blue suits could be seen assessing and combing the area for evidence.
Police are in the early stages of the investigation with forensic teams at the scene, but are likely to consider whether gang rivalry might have played a part in the murder.
Stella Creasy, who has been MP for the London constituency of Walthamstow since the 2010 general election, tweeted her condolences this evening.
She said: ‘Walthamstow devastated to report a young boy – just 14 – has lost his life in our community tonight. This terrible event on Bickley Road has only just been confirmed.
Lee Pomeroy was with his son (pictured together) on a train to London when he was knifed
‘At moment that is all the info I have – anyone with evidence or info on tonight’s incident please do call 101.’
Then later yesterday evening, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, tweeted to say: ‘I’m greatly saddened by news of the fatal stabbing of a 14 year old in Waltham Forest, and my thoughts are with his family and friends.
‘I encourage anyone with information about this horrific incident to contact the Police on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.’
The London Borough of Waltham Forest has been blighted by gang crime, with the local authority ploughing £3million over the next four years into a prevention programme.
It commissioned a report, published in the summer of 2018, which found that so-called county lines drug gangs were operating in the area, fighting more over money than geographical territory.
These gangs are known for forcing children and vulnerable people to get involved in crime.
The shock incident comes just days after an 18-year-old man was found with stab wounds at Blackhorse Road station in Walthamstow.
He was rushed to hospital following the incident on Sunday where his condition was said to be ‘serious’. The Waltham Forest murder is the fourth in London in 2019.
On Saturday, Sarah Ashraf, 35, was found dead in a flat on the Isle of Dogs, East London, and her 32-year-old brother Khalid has been charged with her murder.
Charlotte Huggins, 33, became the first murder victim in London this year and died from a single stab wound in a house in Camberwell at 4.50am on New Year’s Day.
This map of the capital shows where the 134 murders across London happened over last year
The homicides recorded in London boroughs over the past 12 months show high murder levels in Greenwich and Southwark – along with Haringey (Press Association calculation as of Dec 15)
Half an hour later bouncer Tudor Simionov, 33, was stabbed to death outside a VIP ‘sex party’ in Park Lane, Mayfair.
Separately, Darren Pencille, 35, is accused of killing 51-year-old Lee Pomeroy in front of his 14-year-old son on a London-bound train as it passed through Surrey on Friday.
Scotland Yard released figures in December showing the number of people killed in the capital hit a ten-year high in 2018, with more than a fifth of victims being children and teenagers.
Last year, 134 killings were recorded by the Metropolitan Police, which included 24 in which the victims were 19 or under.
Of those, 18 were stabbed, five were shot and one woman died from head injuries. It was the highest total since 2008, when 155 were killed.