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Vigil on Kentish Town estate for teenage victim of knife murder

Friends shocked to learn man named as Lewis Blackman was stabbed in west London this morning

18 February, 2018 — By Dan Carrier and Tom Foot

A VIGIL was held on an estate in Kentish Town this evening (Sunday) for a 19-year-old man stabbed to death in the early hours.

Teenagers joined young men and women leaving flowers in the courtyard at the Peckwater Estate. The gathering followed news that police had opened a murder investigation in west London following a fatal stabbing at around 3.20am today. The victim – pronounced dead at the scene – was said to be named Lewis Blackman, a young man who lived on the estate and had gone to local schools. Detectives said they were still waiting formal identification.

Police held a 19 year-old man near and he is being questioned by the murder squad. The death followed a party in the Kensington area, which police officers on patrol had already been sent to investigate due to a large number of vehicles outside.

Detective chief inspector Mark Cranwell, who is leading the investigation, said: “While we are in the very early stages of our investigation, we know there was a party at an address on Earls Court Road around the time of this incident. We are still working to establish any link, but it does mean the area would have been busy with vehicles and pedestrians at the time.”

He added: “I want to hear from anyone who was in the area; did you witness an altercation? Every fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation and I would urge anyone who may know something to contact police immediately.”

In Kentish Town, a group of around 60 were lighting candles and laying flowers next to another shrine dedicated Nuno Cardoso, a law student who died after collapsing in a police van in December, the circumstances of which are being investigated by a police watchdog.

Louise Wilson, Mr Cardoso’s girlfriend, told the vigil: “Lewis was Nuno’s best friend and Nuno was like an older brother to him. He actually went up and lived with Nuno in Oxford, when he was there at university. All we know is that he was stabbed in the early hours of this morning. We are in shock because Lewis was not the confrontational type.”

One friend at the vigil described the victim as “kind”, adding: “He had so many friends, and and no one ever had a bad word to say about him.”

Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 0208 721 4054, or call police on 101/ tweet @MetCC quoting ref 1177/18 FEB.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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