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Mother 'inconsolable' after son stabbed to death as police name 20-year-old victim

NewsMother 'inconsolable' after son stabbed to death as police name 20-year-old victim

Scotland Yard has identified the victim of a fatal stabbing in London as police confirm a man has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. A relative of the man who died said his mother is “inconsolable” and urged gang members to quit the “gangster” life before it is too late.

Police were called at 11.47pm on Friday, May 5, to reports of men armed with machetes near Dagenham Heathway tube station in east London.

Officers and the paramedics from London Ambulance Service went to the scene where they found the 18-year-old man with stab wounds. Despite the efforts of the emergency services, he died in the street.

The victim’s family has been made aware of what happened and are being supported by specialist officers, according to Scotland Yard.

The deceased was named by police today as Wazabakana Elenda Jordan Kukabu, also known as Jordan Kukabu, from Romford in Essex.

Michel Pongo, who identified himself as Mr Kukabu’s uncle, took to social media on Saturday to issue a plea to gang members to turn their backs on violence.

He wrote on Twitter: “It was with great sadness that this afternoon I learned that my nephew, Jordan, 18, had been stabbed to death in Dagenham last night. His mother is inconsolable.

“If you are gang member, this message is for you: Drop your knife and quit the gangster life before it is too late.”

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Sunday and gave the cause of death as a single stab wound to the chest.

Scotland Yard said in a statement that a second man, aged 20, was also taken to hospital with a stab injury and his condition has been assessed as not life-threatening.

A 20-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released with no further action.

The same man was also arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and he has since been released on bail for that offence, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Detective Chief Inspector James Shirley, from the force’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “My thoughts remain with the young man’s family and friends.

“Dedicated detectives have been working around the clock since this tragic incident as we strive to identify and apprehend those responsible for killing Jordan.”

DCI Shirley added the Met’s investigation is making “significant” progress with locals having provided detectives with information which together with forensic enquiries and analysis of CCTV is enabling the force to build a picture of what happened on Friday night.

He said: “I am grateful to everyone who has provided information. There will be other people with information that would assist our investigation and I urge them to come forward and share what they know or any relevant footage.

“This can be done anonymously through Crimestoppers should anyone prefer not to speak with police.”

Superintendent Martin Rolston of the Met’s East Area Command Unit, said in a statement: “I am well aware of just how much this shocking incident has affected people in Dagenham and the surrounding area.

“I share their concerns and can assure local people the Met’s investigation is painstaking and completely focused on getting justice for the family and friends of Jordan.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting 8711/05May. To remain anonymous share information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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