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Teenager stabbed on the way home from school

REST IN PEACE: Quamari Barnes

ON A cold and foggy afternoon where the sun seems asleep, piles of withering flowers lay against a mountain of cards, depicting a picture of gloom and despair for a family, school and community.

This is where 15 year-old Quamari Barnes was chased and stabbed to death several times in Willesden, north London.

The teenage student, said to be a music-lover, was a member of the government’s flagship academy, Capital City.

Quamari had been waiting at the nearby bus stop just after lessons on Monday 23 January, when he was chased and stabbed several times.Reports say that the deceased ran from his attacker shouting; “He’s going to stab me!”, before he collapsed from fatal knife wounds in Doyle Gardens, surrounded by parents and terrified fellow students. Paramedics battled to save him at the scene then transferred him to hospital where it’s understood that he managed to mutter farewell to his family before his last breath.

The London Metropolitan Police has since reported that a 15 year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of the murder of a teenager and remains in custody. Detectives arrested the suspect at an address in Norbury in south London the following day.

An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lawson of the Homicide and Major Crime Command. DCI Lawson said:

"I would like to thank all those witnesses who have come forward and spoken to police. They have been of huge assistance to our investigation.

“However, if there is anyone out there who knows or saw something then please do get in touch with us, if you haven't yet spoken to police.

“Whilst establishing the motive is a key part of our investigation, at this stage we do not believe that the murder was linked to gang activity or membership."

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is urged to telephone the police on 020 8358 0200 or 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or click here.

An online memorial fund has been launched to assist the teenager’s family with funeral and other costs. On the
GoFundMe page, Quamari's Godmother Sasha Mitchell noted:

"We send our children to school and trust that they are safe but Quamari was chased down...and stabbed to death. He was a respectful loving boy and it truly breaks my heart that we lost him in this way. He wasn’t in gangs, drugs or any crime."

To donate, click here.

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