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Three young men stabbed within four hours as knife death toll rises

Two young men stabbed while at party in Islington and 15-year-old attacked in Somers Town

23 April, 2018 — By William McLennan

Kwasi Anim-Boadu’s family said he “brought joy to everyone around him”

THREE young men from Camden were stabbed within a few hours this weekend, with one 20-year-old pronounced dead at the scene of a knife attack.

Kwasi Anim-Boadu, from Camden Town, was stabbed to death in Finsbury Park, Islington, at around 3am on Saturday. It is believed he was attending a house party on the Andover Estate.

A 21-year-old man, also from Camden Town, was found suffering stab wounds nearby. He was taken to hospital, before being released and charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

Around four hours earlier, police were called to reports of a fight in Phoenix Road, Somers Town.

Shortly before 11pm a 15-year-old boy was stabbed by two people who “arrived and left the scene on a moped,” police said.

The family of Mr Anim-Boadu, who was known as “Junior” and “Lavish”, have launched a fundraising drive to pay for his funeral.

His sister, Naya, said: “Kwasi was a young boy who was full of life, he brought joy to everyone around him through his conspicuous smile and heart warming aura. He was to turn 21 in May and had his whole life ahead of him. This has now come to an end.”

She said: “His life was cut short due to a brutal and violent mindless act of knife crime.”

Actor Letitia Wright, who starred in hit movie Black Panther and is a friend of Mr Anim-Boadu’s sister, tweeted on Saturday: “This is getting closer and closer to home. Seriously this b.s needs to stop.”

He is the fourth young man from Camden aged 20 and under to have been killed by a knife this year.

The deaths of 19-year-old Lewis Blackman, 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan and 20-year-old Sadiq Aadam within the space of two days in February led to a series of hastily-arranged public meetings and a new commitment from politicians to reducing knife violence.

Hundreds of people joined an anti-knife crime march from Queen’s Crescent, through Kentish Town and Camden Town, led by the mother of Sadiq Aadam, under the banner “Camden Against Violence”.

Knife crime continued unabated last month, with police recording 15 victims across Camden and Islington. Ten victims were aged 24 and under, with four under the age of 18, according to figures obtained by the New Journal.

Camden Against Violence, which was set up by Reene Horsford and Elaine Donnellon after February’s knife attacks, said it was “heartbroken to hear of more violence this weekend with the loss of life or a young man who had his whole life in front of him”.

They said that charities and organisations such as themselves required “volunteers and members of the community to step forward and support young people and their families”.

They added: “This will not be solved overnight or without a joined up public health and community led approach”

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