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Girl, 14, Held Over Teenage 'Role Model' Stabbing
A 14-year-old girl faces questioning after she was arrested over the fatal stabbing of a promising teenage footballer.
Junior Nkwelle, 15, was killed outside a block of flats in Brixton, south London, in an attack which police do not believe is gang-related.
Officers were called to a disturbance on the Loughborough Estate on Thursday night and found the boy with serious stab wounds.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination began on Friday.
A 14-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
Locals expressed shock over the death as they gathered to look at flowers left at the address.
One card on a tribute said: "Dear Junior, You was a good friend, a great footballer and a great person. Justice will happen. I promise!"
Another said: "If football be the food of love 'Play on'. RIP young fella."
Solomon Smith, 27, a youth support worker at Marcus Lipton Youth Centre a few yards from the scene, said youngsters in the area had suggested he might have been killed in a fight over a girl.
He said: "He was one of our locals, and had been coming here for about two years.
"He was a very good footballer. When he came in, he always played football indoors here.
"He was a very quiet guy, you wouldn't think anything like this would happen to him."
Faith Marriott, 30, who lives locally, said: "He was a friendly boy, he wasn't in a gang."
Mrs Marriott's brother David, who helps run local youth project Lambeth Tigers, said: "He's been coming to us for about four months and coached younger boys at football. He was a brilliant kid, only 15, but a good role model for this community.
"He was always smiling, an asset - to lose somebody like this is devastating."
Detective Chief Inspector Charles King said: "We would appeal for anyone who has any information, or witnesses to come forward as soon as possible."
:: Anyone with information can call detectives on 020 8721 4054 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
what do you think?
Again! It's becoming a regular occurrence!
ain't it ! RIP another youngster gone too soon.
So commonplace nowadays that it scarcely warrants the 2nd page of a local paper!
What is happening in this country! Its dreadful. Poor parents of both youngsters
I have to say, in all honesty, considering all the years I spent at school, I don't think there is an increase in the amount of violence in the news. Everyone was quite violent at all the schools I went to. I think there "seem" to be more cases of violent girls in the news but I don't think there is any difference in the level of violence displayed than ever was, really. We didn't have violent video games. We did have some violence on the television. I saw school children playing with knives during the 1970s. I was bullied by both boys and girls. It's the same now.
the difference is when i was at school, yes there was violence, but there were no weapons used apart from fists of course.
The difference is you did not have mass media back then to report such things. Nor did you have the internet to express your feelings on the matter. Nor in fact was the population as large as today. Taking all this into consideration actually the original poster is closer to hitting the truth. Either way talking about how 'the old' days were so much better does not help in developing a solution to the problem. Otherwise in 20 years I'll be saying the same thing.
Violence and bullying occurred yes but not murders, not at this rate. Of course the level of violence has increases.
Well, I went to army and civilian schools. I have had knives pointed at me, air rifles pointed at me and all during the 1970s I experienced in military and civilian schools the same amount of violence as there is today, except I agree with the there are a lot more people statement so it might seem to be happening more often.
We are becoming so used to this sort of thing in the news that we are becoming desensitized to it. We should never get used to children killing children. Thank God, no weapon of any sort has ever been found at our school - not a blade or a gun or anything. We can go for months on end without even a sniff of proper fisticuffs and rarely hear of our pupils having scuffles with the police. It's worth considering how lucky we are sometimes!
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...its what happens nowadays........its a shame,,,,,,,,,,,
There's different cultures around today,some put honor(or loosing face) before anything,some say its ok to use knifes,we need to build a new culture ,one of personal freedom and peace.
Is Brixxxxxxxtan innit - yu dissin me?
Sounds to me he was a real lady charmer. Jealousy seems to be involved here
I have been to a boarding school until the age of 11 were I excelled both in sports and education. At 11 my parents lost there money and i went to a rough comprehensive in London's ghettos:) I left with no qualifications. But later in life I went to uni and got a 2:1 in business. Luckily my private education was a good foundation. Sadly in state schools mos kids don't get that foundation to become something. Only thing I learnt in state school was to be more street wise. I believe if you send your kids to state school the parent has to take a much more active role as you could leave at 16 with nothing.