Scotland Yard officials have launched an investigation into the murder of a 16-year-old British Sikh teenager on the streets of west London on Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Ashmit Singh.
Metropolitan Police said they were called to report a stabbing on Raleigh Road in Southall on Wednesday night and were accompanied by paramedics from the London Ambulance Service (LAS).
“Despite the efforts of the emergency services, he died on the spot shortly after. His close relatives have been informed; Official identities are awaited, ”Met police said.
“Homicide detectives have been notified by Specialist Crime. No arrests were made. The investigation is ongoing, “they said.
Social media footage shows police officers fighting in vain to save the victim’s life in the front garden. According to the Evening Standard, Singh’s friends fear that the British Sikh boy was attacked for carrying a fake Gucci bag that he always carried with him.
“Police came to check my CCTV and said there was a stabbing, I couldn’t believe it,” a local shopkeeper told the newspaper.
“I knew him, he was a good man. Her friends all say that she was stabbed in this Gucci bag, it was not even real. That’s terrible. If I heard anything or he would run to me. I would lower the shutters to keep him safe – I had the staff to handle it, “he said.
According to locals, Singh took a part-time job to care for his disabled mother, who lives on top of a shop near where her son was killed. His stabbing marks the 28th murder of a teenager on a London street this year