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15-year-old boy stabbed to death in Croydon named by police

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A 15-year-old boy stabbed to death on Thursday has been named by police.

Zaian Aimable-Lina died at the scene of the attack in Ashburton Park, Croydon, south London, shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Police said a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death like a stab in the heart.

Zaian Aimable-Lina has been named as the 15-year-old who was stabbed to death on Thursday in Ashburton Park, Croydon, south London (Metropolitan Police / PA)

A 15-year-old boy remains in police custody on suspicion of murder.

A second fatal stabbing, this time by a 16-year-old boy in Yiewsley, west London, less than an hour later, made 2021 the bloodiest year on record for homicides in teenagers in London.

Chief Detective Inspector Richard Leonard has launched a direct appeal for information on the death of the local boy.

He said, “My thoughts are always with Zaian’s family and friends as they face this tragic loss.

“My team continues to work tirelessly so that we can give Zaian’s family the answers they deserve.

Ashburton Park stabbed
Police activity in Ashburton Park, Croydon, South London, after the first stabbing (Kirsty O’Connor / PA)

“Zaian’s death sent shockwaves through the local community and London as a whole.

“He was only 15 years old and had his whole life ahead of him and we need the community to work with us to bring those responsible to justice.

“No matter how insignificant you may think this is, if you have any information that can help you, you need to do the right thing and contact us immediately.”

The victim of the second stabbing has yet to be named and no arrests have been confirmed.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.