Teenage Murders in London

Mapping London Teenage Murders from 2005 – 2013 (last update Dec 2012)

The London Teenage Murder report is now updated for each incident on the link to Interactive Map of Teenage Murders in London 2005 to 2013. It has been modified to allow you to review the profile of teenage murder victims for: Location, Age, Sex, Wounding type (Gun, Knife, etc) and Year.

Teenage murder may not provide a reliable indicator of the level of serious and life threatening wounding occurring within the capital. Many life threatening attacks have not resulted in death, sometimes by luck, often by the skills of emergency health services. Thankfully the fatalities over 2009 and 2010 dropped by around a third compared to the last peak in 2007 – 2008; with reductions now down to eight at the end of 2012.


Source: Citizens Report 2013

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37 Responses to Teenage Murders in London

  1. Mark K says:

    I have just come across your site and I see what you mean about its only by fortunate accident and better medical care that we haven’t seen many more murders in 2011.

    The number of shootings and stabbings in Brixton and Stockwell seems to be going through the roof. And as a Stockwell resident I hear a lot more about the level of knife relate robberies that never get reported to the police as its just too bloody common nowadays and whats the point telling the police they either get there too late or seem to be able to do absolutely nothing about it.

    There was a bit of progress, and for a short while it felt safer, but over the last year I feel like we are slipping backwards and I am certainly more jumpy on the streets after dark especially with the stories about kids having guns and shooting people. A hot head kid with a gun is everyones worst nightmare… guess what we live that nightmare everyday in Stockwell.

  2. Samantha H says:

    Awful hearing about the shooting in Stockwell by kids on bikes of all things.
    I agree with you that the idea of children going around with guns is a very frighteneing situation. They are too young to fully appreciate or even consider the real consequences for themselves let alone anyone else…..

  3. Andy Pa says:

    The murder of the 15 year old lad in Edmonton is awful, stabbed over a mobile phone and trying to protect his younger brother. Just imagine having to grow up in that environment, where everyday you walk out of your front door, you don’t know whether you are going to end up seriously injured or even dead. What sort of childhood is that and what have we created for these kids.
    The worst part of it is that we adults often blame them for the situation, calling them feral or evil, and when a kid dies we jump to the conclusion that it was because they were a gang member. This reaction by adults is a way to hide from the true horror of the situation we have created. If we can slag these kids off or blame them then we can feel less guilty about the death and our own selfish brutish lives that make this situation far too commonplace now.

  4. Anna says:

    Very clear and very useful. I live in Southwark and am a mother of teenage boys. I am desperate to move out for their sakes.

  5. Ian Davies says:

    I havent seen the london teen murders map before, just a list of names. When the faces, names and places are all put together it has a massive impact. the first is face after face of a young person who will never grow older, will never see another sunrise or touch the face of someone they love. As a parent it breaks my heart even trying to guess what the parents of these murdered children have gone through..
    There has to be something we can do to stop this, obviously the police have been helpless, do you know what has been tried before and what has been succesful. It would be helpful hearing some of the solutions rather than just a record of what has happened. Thanks
    Ian

    • Ian. You make a fair comment and so far the site has tended to describe the problems rather than look to the solutions. I’m afraid we have tended to not jump into solutions mode, as much of what is claimed by others as solutions tends to have a very poor evidence base for effectiveness.
      This situation isn’t just with Teenage Murders, it is with most crime. Many theories of crime have been found wanting and despite many many millions being invested in evaluations and research to ascertain the effectiveness of interventions; it appears that much of this has been wasted as the majority of these studies have had poor methodologies.

      Much of what we do in crime is influenced by fashion, whoever seems to have the most convincing argument or controls the budget. And it seems that there isn’t a particularly strong drive to change this situation. Crime is a political football and alas many of the interventions are driven by ideology rather than strong evidence.

      We would be happy to throw in a few views into the ring, but these probably have as much or as as little validity as anything else out there…. I bet it is rare you hear that. Most people claim to be experts in the subject ;-)

  6. Stephen Buron says:

    A very well argued piece about why the gangs in london approach to reducing the teenage murders is an exercise in futility and mis-directed peoples attention and resources for too long. There does seem to be a bit of a chicken and egg dillemma to the gangs and violence argument. Does belonging to a gang mean you are more likely to be violent, or does a violent environment make you more likely to want to join a gang? I’m sure academics will offer to let us pay for loads of research that doesn’t provide us with any straight answer to it.

    I think your approach is probably right. Stop arguing about what causes gangs, how many gangs there are, what territory do they say they control. And just bloody well tackle any individuals who use weapons to commit violence or murder.

    You can only prosecute an individual for an act of violence. So keep the focus on identifying those individuals who have maimed or killed our kids.

    Well done this for this site, nice work. Keep it up!

  7. The teenage murder map has been updated to enable the location of the incident by murder victims photos, and to review the proximity to local schools.

    link to Interactive Map of Teenage Murders in London 2005 to 2011

    If you are interested in whether deprived areas are more likely to suffer teenage murders. Link to London deprivation map combined with teenage murder locations

  8. AndrewB says:

    Another Black child, Temidayo Fuwad Ogunneye only 15, killed in Camberwell yesterday. I guess Lambeth is keeping hold of it reputation as one of London’s knife and gun murder hotspots. I know people think it’s not as bad as a few years ago but we are only hearing about it less now because these stabbings are being better treated by hospitals who have gotten pretty good at patching up these kids after they have been shot or stabbed. Not exactly something to be proud of but thank goodness for the medics.

    • EdmundH says:

      He had an argument with a group of kids and it ended it being resolve by him getting stabbed. This sounds like an extreme form of bullying more than anything else. You glorify these vicious groups by calling them gangs. Just bullies and thugs is all that they are

      • Maggie says:

        I heard today that it wasn’t an argument that was the main cause but that Temidayo Ogunneye was robbed and then knifed by an 17 year old girl afterwards. She has been charged along with 2 others males of 18.

  9. Fiona Banton says:

    I think the comment above about much of these deaths being the result of extreme forms of bullying is right. From what I can tell Temidayo Ogunneye’s murder seem to have come about because an argument between teenagers escalated into a stabbing. Children, and remember a 15 year old is still a child, get into these sort of stupid arguments about virtually nothing all the time, but when they say they are going to kill each other it usually doesn’t mean they will actually kill each other. But the kids growing up in some parts of London seem to feel the need to finish every minor argument or tussle with a knife going into someone chest or throat.
    Calling it bullying seems to diminish the severity of these killings but for lack of any other credible explanation I think that it probably boils down to just that.

  10. Helen G says:

    Pretty horrific hearing about Temidayo Ogunneye’s murder. How can people ever think it is right to take someones life. Sounds like they are really really stupid.

  11. Maria Tulse Hill Lambeth says:

    Oh my god another young black boy shot to pieces, this time on the Tulse HIll Estate. Purser House is just a block away from where I live! It is so horrible living with this constant fear of youths shooting each other without a care for who is caught up in the crossfire.

    • Sorry to hear about the news Maria, the victim has been named as Nana DARKO-FREMPONG aged 18 years. Lambeth does appear to have suffered a large number of fatal and non-fatal shootings the first half of this year.

  12. FrancisR says:

    There is no consistent thread in any of these murders. Someone gets killed because of a robbery, another because someone somewhere disrepected another. Tit for tat killings of young men with guns. The only consistent thing is that there is a brutal disregard for peoples life. But that is the normal now. Young people learn from those around them and what they have learnt is that adults whether they are politicians, religious or business leaders, lie, steal, cheat and when they want something they don’t care about killing to get it. Because these black young men seem to be killing each other for now doesn’t mean that it will stay that way. Eventually that anger is going to turn outward from the estates in Lambeth, Newham and Southwark and god help us when that happens.

  13. There was a House of Commons debate about teenage violence, murder and gangs on the 10th June 2011.

    Tabled by Ms Karen Buck MP (Westminster North)

    The link to the debate is here:
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110610/debtext/110610-0002.htm#11061046000004

    Scroll down near to the bottom of the page.

  14. Julian says:

    Yemurai Kanyangarara only aged 16 became another teenager murdered in London on 1st July, in so called leafy and well off Bexley. There is no reason for people to take the life of another doesn’t matter how old, how young.
    A young life cut short by a brutish and senseless act. One teenager dead, another teenagers life (yes I am talking about the murderer) ruined for ever

    • Kathy R says:

      Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of Yemurai Kanyangarara . A 15 year old from Peckham and a 14 year old from Camberwell, both areas in Southwark.

      The mother of Yemurai Kanyangarara knew how dangerous it was for teenagers in London and tried her hardest to protect him by getting him to live in Leicester with his Dad, but he came back to London to take his GCSE exams and ended up stabbed.

      The mistake being made by many people is to think that these extremes of violence, knife crime and robbery remain in poor “ethnic” areas. With a shrug of their shoulders they go “oh well it is only black kids in poor areas getting hurt, none of this can touch us”. But after a while these things start affecting everyone, even the ones who thought they were far away from “that sort of thing”.

  15. Tracey says:

    As an affected mother myself, whose son was murdered infront of over 300 people at Streatham Ice Skating rink back in 2007, we continue to see children being murdered at an alarming rate and it is a crying shame that there is no public outcry as to the level of violence being committed amongst children.

    Yes we cannot hide the fact that this affects predominately young black men but there seems to be a blantant disregard for human life and that children’ as young as 5 are being caught up in the cross fire of the reckless use of guns and knives.

    Lambeth alone has seen 8 murders and there is no ‘WAR’ in England yet war zones have been created on the streets of London and a blind eye is being turned at the rate in which children’s lives are being lost.

    Someone mentioned above God help us when these murders start spilling over the otherside, I suppose we have to wait until that happens before a national outcry is heard and in the interim we will continue to see children killing children and families devastated and destroyed.

    • Tracey I remember the murder of James well and the shock that such an awful act was perpetrated in front of so many young people. That year it seemed as if there was a young person being murdered every week in London, and yes it was mainly Black kids who were being killed.

      It took a lot of persistence to get the message through that these murders should create some political focus to drive a proper response from the police and local authorities. The trouble was that when the political machinery started moving their initial response was to blame everything on the victims by suggesting that they were all in violent gangs. It took a while for them to realise that the majority of the victims were not active gang members and even longer to recognise that being in a gang was still no reason to lessen the fact that these were children being killed.

      I remember that it took the testimony of the mothers of these murdered children to finally convince the police and government to prioritise these murders and stop blaming the victims. Mothers who told the story of their children lives and the devastation to families.

      When the names and pictures of victims were being put together to develop this sites record of murders, near the end of 2007, I remember the horror and enormity of what was happening as name after name, face after face, and knowledge of the potential, opportunity and joy that was now gone forever sunk in. At that time I was also the father of teenage children, and could not even begin to imagine how I would emotionally survive the loss of my kids.

      I dont want to be cynical but I do recall that it took a few white kids to be murdered to finally galvanise regional and central government into a sense of urgency. I have stopped being shocked by how blatant and ignorant the system can be, but it still saddens me that they act in such a way. Sometimes we give those who work in government more credit than they deserve, when you have worked with government, you realise how psychologically immature, emotionally estranged and distant from any consequence a large number of them are.

      I still cannot understand what drives so many young black men to kill other black men, I know that many of them have had loving and caring mothers, who wanted their children to be decent kids. In mid 2008 I was able to hear from the mothers of murdered teenagers…. and the mothers of those young people who had murdered. I was deeply struck by how both the victim and perpetrators mothers had undergone a similar deep grieving process. It forever changed the way I looked at the situation and I hope that in some small way that impact was able to change the way that regional and central government tackled teenage murders both in London and in England.

      Thank you for visting the site and leaving your message.

  16. Tamara Grant says:

    I know we always seem to be talking about how much worse things are getting, but there has clearly been a drop in teenage murders compared to a few years ago. Yes eleven teenagers dead already in 2011 is awful but this is half the number compared to 2008 and 2011 is a year where we have had multiple riots all over London and England.
    The silly old men who are obsessed with gangs keep trying to make out that young people are on a continual downward cycle when it comes to morals or behaviour but the evidence suggests it is young people who have much more to fear from the morals and manipulation of the old. It is people in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s who seem intent of destroying young peoples chances for education, housing and employment, who wage wars that kill thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people for oil. They are continually selling us a lie about how responsible and measured they are and making out that young people are irrational, untrustworthy, spontaneous or violent.

    Time we turned around and said we no longer believe their lies. Maybe part of the riots in London and England was a little bit of that already. We no longer believe the lies!

  17. Dominic Timarol says:

    Eleven of the twelve teenagers murdered in 2011 so far in London are Black. The remaining person killed is east asian.
    Its getting really obvious that there is something very wrong going on in the black community in London when we see this difference in ethnicity between black, asian and white youth murders.
    I don’t think this is the same outside of London, or even in high black neighbourhoods within places like Nottingham and Liverpool.

  18. Amanda says:

    After that gang fight on Oxford Street on Boxing day this stupid government decides to give a MBE to an ex-gang member in the new years honours. Stupid, stupid stupid!
    All those kids who have made a special effort to keep out of trouble dont get recognised but an ex violent thug decides he has learnt the error of his ways and likes the infamy of calling himself an ex-gang member to get national recognition.

  19. Daemon says:

    According to your site there hasn’t been any teenage murders in January 2012, thats got to be a record…. is it because the number of attacks has reduced or because doctors are better at saving lives.

    • Tracking improvement by fatalities alone probably isn’t a good indicator of whether there is less or more serious violence occurring towards or between young people. Pretty early on it was recognised that whether a fatality occurs is a mixture of luck and skill.

      Luck on whether the wound avoids a major artery or organ, luck on whether the emergency services get to you in time; and skill of medical services to save your life. The skill level within ambulance and hospital A&E has certainly increased as they became used to treating gunshot and knife wounds, also the skills brought back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in treating severe injuries probably played a part.

      Incidents of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) to young people probably provide a better indicator of violence on the streets, GBH tends to be reported to the police quite well, although as the victim gets younger or from the Black community those reporting rates reduce.

      Let me see if I can dig around and find some figures for you on levels and changes in Youth Most Serious Violence in London and get back to you.

      • Teenage (13 to 19 years of age) serious violence (wounding, GBH, murder) over the last three financial years in London seems to be increasing, with:

        6,142 victims in 2008/09
        6,247 victims in 2009/10
        6,356 victims in 2010/11

        I’m still hunting down figures for Most serious violence GBH and Murder for teenagers.

        The data for the 13 to 24 age group is:
        1,449 victims in 2008/09
        1,633 victims in 2009/10

        An FOI request has already gone out to the Met on serious youth violence figures:
        http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/serious_youth_violence

        A response should be forthcoming around the 9th Feb 2012

  20. Daemon says:

    Kwame Ofosu-Asare knifed in Brixton on the 2nd March shows that the police gangs operation in mid february did nothing to calm down or disrupt violent robbery and the random murder of innocent youth. The police operation condemned a whole lot of young black men into the label of gangsta and basically said your poor,black and living in a shit hole and we can do what we want to you when we want to.

  21. Hold on a minute says:

    Every young person murdered is an absolute tragedy. But I wonder why Londoners always think there is some endemic evil menace behind every teenager killed. Whether that is gangs, deprivation, racism or whatever.

    Young people are getting killed all over the country. 2 teenagers have been killed in London out of 12 murders in the capital for 2012. Outside London there has been over 5 teenagers killed out of 70 murders already in 2012 England and Wales.

    When a Black teenager is knifed or murdered in London everyone says its gang related. Outside of London they look into the case before jumping to any conclusions. Boris Johnson talking about a gang-related murder in Brixton is talking out his fat arse. Kwame Ofosu-Asare had nothing to do with gangs, he was minding his own business and visiting a friend. The people who stabbed him might have been in a gang but then again they may have just been a couple very nasty individuals who wanted to cause harm that day.
    Kwame Ofosu-Asare murder probably had nothing to do with the police gang operation because in truth most of these police operations are mainly around publicity rather than causing a real change.

    Step back and don’t feed the hype.

  22. Concerned says:

    But it is an indictment of mainstream newspaper readers/TV and radio audiences/news editors that the stabbing/killing of black teenagers is only v sporadically considered newsworthy…

    Are there any stats available for teenage murder victims in the 1970s, 60s, 50s?

  23. nyny says:

    R.I.P SHAK SLEEP TIGHT LIL MAN

  24. Jack R says:

    What is going on in our world? 140 teenage deaths. This is absoloutely crazy! I can’t bare the fact that this is happening. People having to feel knives (a sharp piece of metal) to be inflicted in them. This is sick and should not be happening. Not enough police, not enough being done to solve these awful problems.

  25. Rach says:

    The death of Nathaniel Brown on 1st August by a stabbing at a party in Lewisham is shocking and horrible thank goodness he is now only the 4th teenager to die through violence in London this year, the lowest level of teenage murders so far for over 5 years.

    The biggest killer of young people in London continues to be cars, lorries and busses. I think rather than just saying oh dear another fatal road incident can we have the appropriate level of horror and shock when it comes to lethal car drivers who kill our children when they are on their bicycles or walking to school.

  26. Mark N says:

    The lad stabbed on the bus outside Highbury Grove School in Islington already brings the teenage murders in London to 5 for this year. Given there were 8 for the whole of 2012 that is not a good start to the year.
    It over-shadows the good news about the recent drop in murders in England and Wales and makes those drops in serious youth violence everyone is talking abut seem a bit contradicted. Less serious violence but more fatalities???

  27. Tom W says:

    Teenage Murders seem to be going back up. There were 8 in 2012 but now eleven killed in 2013 and still 2 months of the year left to go.
    No pattern seems to be emerging though. Any ideas why the increase, it was all going so well.

  28. Gemma in Hackney says:

    When Shehena Marsh got shot on Saturday the usual stories about girls in gangs started coming out of the media. They are so quick to label any black teenage death as gang related that it takes a major effort to then turn around the story to say oh sorry she was a complete innocent after all.
    A terrible accident got turned into a black girl in a teenage gang story – with old ex-girl gang members coming out to talk about the horrors on de street. These people are vampires feeding on other peoples tragedy to fill their own pockets and boost their own media profile.

    • Ellesar says:

      I don’t think that many people believe that when the word ‘gang’ is used it is describing a highly organised group. The reality is that when young black males kill each other (and sometimes a girl gets in the way, like Shehena or Agnes) there is often a gang ‘mentality’ – what I mean by that is that there are constant strivings for dominance and control, and people use their peer groups to achieve that.

      But it doesn’t really matter if they are gangs or not – what really matters is that young black males kill each other at a rate of about 4X than white males or other ethnic groups (in London, at any rate). There is clearly room for the black communities of London to do something about this.

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