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Murdered youth stabbed in chest

Charles Junior Hendricks
Charles Junior Hendricks was killed near a busy bus garage

An 18-year-old man who died in a knife attack in Walthamstow, east London, suffered stab wounds to the chest, a post-mortem examination has found.

Police found Charles Junior Hendricks lying wounded near Selborne Road in the early hours of Sunday.

A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old youth were arrested over the murder. The man has been released on bail.

Mr Hendricks is the 24th teenager to be killed in a stabbing or a shooting in London this year.

'Very good boy'

On Sunday, Mr Hendricks' grandmother Weda Campbell paid tribute to her "lovely boy".

"He was a beautiful boy, I'm telling you this from the heart not because he was my grandson, but because he was a very good boy," she said.

Officers said they found the teenager after they saw two or three males running away from the area. He was pronounced dead in hospital.

The scene of stabbing in Walthamstow
Police found the victim in a grassy area

The 17-year-old and the 19-year-old were arrested near a grassy area off Selborne Road on Sunday where the killing took place.

The younger of the two had a minor slash wound to the arm and was treated in hospital, police said.

Police appealed for witnesses saying the incident occurred close to a "well-lit bus garage" and close to Selborne Walk Shopping Centre.

Floral tributes were left for the victim close to where he was found.

The killing led to the cancellation of Walthamstow's celebration of the handover of the Olympics to London.

Clyde Loakes, leader of Waltham Forest Council, said he would call an "urgent meeting" of the leaders and mayors of the five boroughs hosting the 2012 Games to discuss how to tackle knife crime.




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