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‘Unimaginable devastation’ for family as boy, 16, stabbed to death on street

Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of Demarie Omare Roye , the 16-year-old died in hospital on Sunday, where he had been in a serious condition after being fatally stabbed in south London last week. Issue date: Wednesday July 14, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE ThorntonHeath. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Demarie Omare Roye, 16, died in hospital after he was found injured by a passer-by on Friday (Picture: PA)

A family has been plunged into ‘unimaginable devastation’ after a teenager was killed in a knife attack in London.

Demarie Omare Roye, 16, was found injured by a passer-by on a street in Thornton Heath on Friday.

The ‘popular’ young man was raced to hospital in a serious condition but died two days later.

Byron Whyne, 19, from Croydon, has been charged with murder and will appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court today.

Another man, 22, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, and was later further arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released under investigation.

A post-mortem found Demarie died from a stab wound, with police saying they believe he was attacked on Bensham Manor Road.

Detective chief inspector Kate Blackburn, who is leading the Met’s investigation, has appealed for witnesses who were in the area around 2.45pm to come forward.

She said: ‘Demarie was a young man who was popular among those that knew him. His death has caused unimaginable devastation to his family and friends…

Police believe Demarie Omare Roye was stabbed in Bensham Manor Road near the junction with Swain Road in Thornton Heath (Picture: Google)
Officers at the Metropolitan Police believe the teen was targeted on Bensham Manor Road (Picture: Google)

‘We believe that Demarie may have been riding a blue mountain bike before the attack.

‘Anyone that may have seen him in the area – with or without the bike – or who witnessed the attack, is urged to get in touch with the police.

‘I am also asking members of the community if they have seen a dark coloured moped concealed, abandoned, parked or even being ridden around the Thornton Heath area before or after the murder. This moped may or may not have had a number plate on it.

‘If you know where the moped is or have any other information that could be useful to our investigation – no matter how insignificant it may seem – please get in touch with us immediately.’

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