The bad record of violent deaths in London this year has reached 119 after a 16-year-old boy died from his devastated parents.
One witness described the teenager's mother, who had suspected the scene on Monday in Tulse Hill in southern London, when she stabbed him to death.
The police were called to reports of a shootout in Greenleaf Close at 22:53. Paramedics tried to save the teenager, but he was pronounced dead at 23.41.
Officers believe that the boy had suffered stab wounds rather than gunshot wounds, although the Met emphasized that the investigations are at an early stage.
To date, there have been 119 violent deaths in London this year, including two cases treated as self-defense.
One third of the 117 remaining cases (42) are victims aged 16 to 24 while 20 were adolescents.
The total is approaching the value of the entire last year after five fatal bites were suspected within a week.
In 2017, there were 118 murders in the capital, excluding the victims of the terrorist attacks on Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
A murder investigation was initiated after a 16-year-old with fatal injuries was found in Tulse Hill. https://t.co/vvh7yKCxd4 pic.twitter.com/avgyWPMKnh
– city police (@metpoliceuk) November 6, 2018
A witness to the aftermath of Tulse Hill's murder said the boy looked "like an angel."
Paulina Wedderburn saw the emotional mother and father of the victim on the ground and said it took about 15 minutes for the emergency teams to arrive.
"The boy lay down. He looked like an angel, as if he had slept, "Mrs. Wedderburn said on Tuesday morning.
"I'm just sorry for the mother. The mother screams, I can not come out of my head.
"It's terrible, Imagine being a mother who sees that."
The neighbor saw a black car drive up.
"A big black Audi, I think," she said.
Ms. Wedderburn, who has been living in an apartment in Greenleaf Close for decades, laments the recent wave of violence and killings in the south of London and said that was not always the case.
Why is it they have to kill each other? "She said.
"When I grew up in the 70s, there was a fist fight, that was it. There were no knives.
"All you do is annoy families. If you saw Mom and Dad, it was heartbreaking. "
She added that the victim's mother had previously been in the apartments to pick up her son, as she does not like to hang around there.
One of the boy's friends, who lives on the estate and does not want to be named, also believed he had heard a shot before he looked out the window and saw the tumult.
"Growing up here, you get used to it. You can tell the difference between a shot and a firework, "he said.
"I heard a person say," We got him, we have him. "
He said it took about 20 minutes for the emergency teams to arrive.
"I lost a friend," he said. "If they had come earlier, my friend would still be alive."
This tragic death is another meaningless loss of life, and my heart goes to his family and friends.
Anyone who knows anything about this incident or who wears a knife should contact the police or @ CrimestoppersUK, They are a danger to others and to themselves. Https://t.co/YmYL6oIYFO
– Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 6, 2018
On Monday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned that it could take a generation to stop violent crime in the capital.
Among the victims of the recent spate of deaths unrelated to the police is the "revered" father, Rocky Djelal, 38, who was fatally stabbed to death on Wednesday in the light blue Southwark Park in Rotherhithe, southeast London.
The following day, 15-year-old Jay Hughes was stabbed to death in Bellingham, also in south-east London.
17-year-old Malcolm Mide-Madariola was fatally stabbed on Friday in front of Clapham South subway station in south London.
On Sunday, Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, from Dagenham, on Samos Road, Anerley, also in southern London, was fatally hit.