HORRIFIED witnesses begged a 15-year-old boy to “keep fighting” after he was stabbed to death following a row as he walked to school.
Cops rushed to Blyth Road in Hayes, West London, after the boy was injured just before 8.35am today.
A teenage boy has died after he was stabbed repeatedly on his way to school[/caption]
Cops and paramedics dashed to Blyth Road, but were unable to save the lad[/caption]
Tragically, despite the efforts of paramedics, the boy died at the scene.
Witnesses have now told how medics battling to save his life had begged the teen to “hold on”.
Tia Rek-Williams, 21, a teacher who lives nearby, said: “They were saying ‘come on, you’ve just got 30 seconds, hold on, keep fighting’.
“It was so traumatising.”
Other neighbours said they heard screaming as the horror unfolded around 500 yards from the Global Academy school.
One said: “I heard a scream so I came out and the police were already here.
“They were working on him, first of all, and then the air ambulance turned up.
“Loads more police started coming, the air ambulance landed – it took them a while.
“At that point the police were saying ‘stand back, stand back, everyone get back’ and then I think someone related turned up first, then the mum and then the dad.”
Officers initially called to reports of a fight arrived to discover the youngster had been stabbed a number of times.
A post-mortem examination is set to take place in the coming days. The boy has not yet been formally identified.
Police say they have arrested a suspect, but gave no further details.
One witness told MyLondon pupils at the nearby academy were “running about” after the fatal attack.
The tragedy happened near a school[/caption]
Police commander for Hillingdon, Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner, said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of a child’s life to knife crime in Hillingdon.
“This incident, that claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy, took place during this morning’s school run.
“A family has been devastated and the effects of this terrible incident will reverberate throughout our communities.
“As a parent of a teenage boy myself, I cannot imagine the pain the family is going through and I offer our full condolences and support.
“Police patrols today and throughout the weekend have been enhanced in order to provide a more visible and reassuring presence for the public. If you have concerns please do approach my officers and speak with them.
“Local officers will support our Homicide detective colleagues and I thank the public for their patience as officers deal with the crime scene and local enquiries.
As a dad, I cannot imagine what the family is going through.
Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner
“We work tirelessly with our borough partners and communities to challenge violent crime and to stop the loss of young lives to knife crime.
“More widely, across London in the coming months, a large scale operation will run throughout the summer to challenge and suppress violent behaviour, but we need the help of parents, carers and anyone with information about those carrying knives to come forward.
“A homicide investigation will be launched following this morning’s tragic incident. Please work with us to prevent further young deaths by sharing what you know.”
Elsewhere in London, there have been three stabbings in the past 24 hours, leaving one dead.
The first knifing was reported in Harrow at 2.16pm on Thursday. Just half an hour later, a second stabbing took place in Clapham.
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And at 4.16pm, a teenager was stabbed to death in Streatham.
Seven people – four men and three women – have been arrested in connection with the Streatham attack.
Anyone who witnessed the horror in Hillingdon, or has information that could help police, is asked to call 101 quoting reference Cad 1681/11Jun.
The lad’s death comes amid a spike in horrific knife crime in London – and hours after another teenager died in Streatham[/caption]
The casualty in the Streatham attack was in his late teens, cops say[/caption]