Gun Violence On London’s Streets ‘Must Stop’
The mother of a 17-year-old boy who was killed over the weekend has called for an end to violence on London’s streets. “Let my son be the last and be an example to everyone. Just let it stop,” said Pretana Morgan, whose son Rhyhiem was shot dead in Southwark on Saturday.
The teenager was one of four people shot in the capital over the bank holiday weekend. In Wealdstone, two boys, aged 13 and 15, suffered head injuries, and a 22-year-old was shot in Lewisham. None of them have injuries which are considered to be life-threatening.
Southwark, after a reported shooting in nearby Cooks Road on Saturday evening. He was hit while playing football with friends and died at the scene shortly before 19:00 BST. Witnesses told the BBC a number of shots were fired around the street, including one that missed a woman and went through a window.
No arrests have been made as part of the murder probe. His mother, Pretana Morgan, said she “couldn’t have asked for a better son”. She said he was not in a gang and aspired to be an architect. Borough commander Simon Messinger said the violence had “rightly caused concern” and the “fast-paced” investigation was “progressing all the time”. He said additional officers would be on patrol for the rest of the weekend, supported by armed response officers on motorcycles, dog units and air support. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said his thoughts go out to the “loved ones of the teenager who was tragically killed”.
There have been no arrests in any of the cases. Labour MP David Lammy tweeted: “Enough. Enough. My heart goes out to families grieving children and teenagers. So many shattered lives, families and communities.” Official statistics released in April showed the number of homicides in London had surged by 44% in the last year. More than 60 people have been killed in the capital this year – about half were the result of stabbings. Around the UK, two men died in stabbings in Liverpool and Luton across the bank holiday weekend.