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  • 3 December 2013, 21:42

London Teenager Stabbed To Death In Street

Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy who was stabbed to death in north London.

Friends of Joshua Folkes, 17, also known as "Money J", said he was a "good person" who always had a smile on his face, but had got involved with the wrong crowd.

He was attacked in Palmers Green shortly after midnight on Tuesday, and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police, who have launched a murder investigation, are yet to formally identify Joshua's body. A post-mortem examination is yet to take place.

But family and friends gathered at the crime scene on Bowes Road to pay their respects, and leave tributes.

Friend Azra Valentino, 18, said although Joshua associated with people who were "a little bit edgy", he was a good person with the "cutest smile" and "wasn't like that".

"We're all just shocked. When I see this, I can't believe it really. I'm just shaken up. I don't know what to do.

"Josh was the last person who you'd think would be on the news for a death or something, he wasn't like that. He got caught up in it."

Tyler Sullivan, 17, said: "I have known him for six years, and he's always smiling. He's a good person. He's such a good person, everyone likes him."

Another friend who came to lay flowers at the scene said: "He always had a smile on his face, and that's enough. That summed him up."

Saffron Davis, 17, said she was struggling to hold back tears when she thought about her friend of 15 years.

She said she thought Joshua was in Palmers Green to visit his girlfriend when the incident took place.

Another of Joshua's closest friends, who did not want to be named, described him as "a good youth at heart" who loved music, particularly rapping.

The friend said Joshua lived with his mother, but was often in the Palmers Green area.

"This is too much," he said. "He ain't got no brothers and no sisters, he was her only child that got taken."

Police have been at the cordoned off scene, and a forensic tent covered the spot where the teenager was found dying from stab wounds.

There have been no arrests and police are appealing for anyone with information to call 020 8785 8244 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.