Canning Town stabbing: Murder victim named as 17-year-old Promise Nkenda

Promise Nkenda was stabbed to death in Canning Town last night. Picture: Facebook.

Promise Nkenda was stabbed to death in Canning Town last night. Picture: Facebook. - Credit: Archant

A teenager stabbed to death in ‘a targeted attack’ in Canning Town yesterday has been named locally as Promise Nkenda.

The teenager was stabbed to death in Goldwing Close last night. Picture: Alex Shaw

The teenager was stabbed to death in Goldwing Close last night. Picture: Alex Shaw - Credit: Archant

The 17-year-old, who is said to be from North Woolwich, was stabbed repeatedly and found lying in the street shortly after 8pm in Goldwing Close.

Police pronounced him dead at the scene.

He had been walking with two friends when a four men in a vehicle chased the group down, said a neighbour who wished to remain anonymous.

“They jumped out and chased him and stabbed him up,” he said.

Promise Nkenda was stabbed to death in Canning Town last night. Picture: Facebook.

Promise Nkenda was stabbed to death in Canning Town last night. Picture: Facebook. - Credit: Archant


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His friends are believed to have escaped unharmed.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation into the incident with no arrests so far.

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Officers are trying to find out whether an abandoned vehicle found in Freemasons Road, near the junction with Victoria Dock Road, is linked to Promise’s murder.

Acting Det Insp Perry Benton, who is leading the murder hunt, said: “We are still piecing together what exactly has happened.

Police at the scene of the stabbing in Goldwing Close

Police at the scene of the stabbing in Goldwing Close - Credit: Archant

“But we believe the 17-year-old has lost his life following a sustained and possibly targeted attack.”

Witnesses or anyone with infiormation should call the incident room on 020 8345 3775, dial 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting ref 8884/14FEB.

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