Teenager charged with Somerford Grove murder of Tashaûn Aird, 15, and GBH attack on second victim

PUBLISHED: 08:32 07 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:44 07 May 2019

Tashaûn Aird

Tashaûn Aird


A teenager has been charged with the murder of 15-year-old Tashaûn Aird in Stoke Newington on Wednesday night.

Photographs and flower tributes form a homemade shrine for Tashaun Aird on the Somerford Grove Estate. Picture: Polly HancockPhotographs and flower tributes form a homemade shrine for Tashaun Aird on the Somerford Grove Estate. Picture: Polly Hancock

Romaine Williams-Reid, 18, of Collier Row, Havering, will appear at Barkingside Magistrates' Court today accused of killing the Hackney New School pupil in Somerford Grove.

He is also charged with GBH with intent in relation to a second victim who was also stabbed that night.

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Police were called at 8.55pm after Tashaûn had been stabbed in the lung. Officers and then medics fought to save his life, as members of the public had already done, but he was pronounced dead just before 10pm.

The Somerford Grove Estate. Picture: Polly HancockThe Somerford Grove Estate. Picture: Polly Hancock

Tashaûn's family said: “Tashaûn was family orientated, he loved his family and we loved him dearly. He was passionate about his music and he loved drawing. He was a loving, caring boy with an infectious laugh.

“There are no words to avoid this empty void we now have, a huge part of us is now missing. He was a talented young boy and worked hard in his studies, particularly with his English. We are deeply shocked and saddened by our loss; we have lost a dear son, a brother, a nephew, a grandson and an uncle in Tashaûn.”

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.

Anyone with information can call the incident room on 020 8721 4266.

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