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This is the first picture of 14-year-old Fares Maatou who was allegedly stabbed to death outside a pizza shop in Newham, east London.
Fares Maatou was allegedly attacked in Barking Road, E16, shortly after 3.30pm on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Police arrived on the scene to find the teen suffering from stab injuries and despite their best efforts, Fares was pronounced dead shortly after 4.30pm.
The Met believes Fares was attacked with a large bladed item, and two boys, 14 and 15, are currently in police custody on suspicion of murder, with a third, a 15-year-old, arrested in connection with the incident.
DCI Perry Benton, Specialist Crime, confirmed the arrests, adding that the force is currently piecing together a picture of what happened.
Mr Benton said that Fares's family are "absolutely devastated" over the "senseless killing" and said the force will support them over the "weeks, months, and years ahead."
He said: "Fares’ family are, of course, absolutely devastated. I have assured them of my total commitment to bringing to justice those responsible for this senseless killing. They will be supported by specialist officers at every stage of what will be a terrible ordeal for them in the weeks, months, and years ahead."
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The detective asked anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward and tell officers what they know" and thanked those who already have done so.
"We have already seen fantastic support and received a good deal of information from local people. I thank them for that, and ask anyone with information or any witnesses who have yet to speak with police to please come forward and tell officers what they know. We are piecing together the picture of what happened on Friday afternoon, and every fragment of that picture will be crucial.
"Three boys have been arrested and they remain in police custody. This is a fast-moving investigation and there will be further developments," he said.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police force said: "A murder investigation was launched following the fatal stabbing of Fares Maatou in Barking Road, E16. Police were called to the location at 15:56hrs on Friday, 23 April, and found 14-year-old Fares suffering stab injuries. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead shortly after 16:30hrs.
"Officers believe Fares was attacked with a large bladed item. A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.
"Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 1570 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
"A crime scene remains in place and the public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area.
"Three people were arrested on Friday, 23 April. They are a 14-year-old boy [A] and a 15-year-old boy [B] arrested on suspicion of murder, and a 15-year-old boy [C] arrested in connection with the incident."
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