Tributes pour in for identified Homerton stab victim
PUBLISHED: 13:45 09 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:21 09 January 2015
Tributes have flooded in for the teenage boy who was stabbed to death in Homerton - now confirmed as Jeremie Malenge.
The 17-year-old Arcola Street resident, also known as “Jdot”, was chased and killed by a group of attackers who fled the scene of the incident.
He was found by police and paramedics on the corner of Homerton High Street and Ponsford Street at 11:40pm and pronounced dead.
Jeremie was a pupil at the Petchey Academy, in Shacklewell Lane, which paid tribute to him on its Facebook page yesterday afternoon: “Very shocked to hear about former student Jeremie. Our thoughts are with his family”.
Friends and family of the teenager have taken to Twitter to pay their respects; @TrishNovacane tweeted: “RIP Jeremy. We love you and we’ll never forget you” and @caprxcee posted: “Rip Cousin Jeremy Also known as Jdot”. Another tweet by @PapiSoulz24 said: “RIP Jdot #RealG Gone too soon.”
An investigation has been launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after it emerged the teenager had been in contact with police earlier on the evening he was killed.
A spokesman said: ““We have begun an independent investigation into the Metropolitan Police Service’s prior contact with Jeremie Malenge, who was fatally stabbed in Hackney on Tuesday night. More details regarding our investigation will be issued in due course.”
Police are continuing an investigation into his murder and appeal to anyone with information regarding the incident.
No arrests have been made.
Witnesses should call the incident room on 020 8345 3865 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
UPDATE: A further statement from an IPCC spokesman said: “We have begun an independent investigation into the Metropolitan Police Service’s prior contact with Jeremie Malenge, who was fatally stabbed in Hackney on Tuesday night.
The referral was made as it is understood in the hour before Jeremie was murdered, he was spoken to by officers responding to reports of youths armed with knives in the area.”
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