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An 18-year-old student, Cheyon Evans and a 19-year-old Nigerian, Eniola Aluko were shot and stabbed to death within 12 minutes of each other in separate attacks in London as the city’s murder toll rose to a shocking 59 this year.
Cheyon Evans, 18, was stabbed to death in Tooting, south west London, at 4.42pm on Friday.
Witnesses told the Times that he (Cheyon) was set upon by a gang of teenagers and was stabbed up to 17 times.
Just 12 minutes after Cheyon was attacked, Eniola Aluko, 19, was shot to death in Plumstead, south east London.
Scotland Yard have arrested five people suspected to be in connection with the shooting, including four men aged between 16 and 18 and a 17-year-old teenage girl.
The police have also charged Mohammed Nadir Dafallah, 18, and a 17-year-old boy with murder after the stabbing of Cheyon.
They will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday June 17.
Scotland Yard said four other people – aged between 16 and 19 years old – have been released under investigation.
Some 11 people have been arrested following several violent incidents, which saw two teenagers killed within minutes each other on Friday.
A witness told the Sun of the stabbing: ‘I haven’t seen that much blood in my life. I kept trying to tell him “stay with me”.
‘Then he just passed away in front of me.’
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