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A 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death outside a south London train station during a mass brawl has been named by police as Jermaine Cools.
The schoolboy, from Croydon, was stabbed outside the West Croydon train station Thursday night.
Police were called to the scene on London Road at 6.40pm to receive reports of a fight between a group of people.
No suspects or victims were found at the scene.
Officers were then called to a south London hospital at 7:10 p.m., where the teenager presented himself to medical staff with multiple stab wounds.
Despite doctors’ best efforts, 14-year-old Jermaine Cools was in a “life-threatening condition” and was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly thereafter.
A post-mortem examination revealed the Croydon boy’s cause of death as multiple stab wounds.
It is the 27th murder of teenagers in the capital in 2021, equal to a previous peak in 2017.
Today, the Met has named the victim and posted photos of him in an appeal for information on his killers.
No arrests have yet been made and the boy’s family, who is from Croydon, have been informed of his death.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh of the Met’s specialized crimes unit, which is leading the investigation, asked motorists with dash cam footage to contact officers.
He said: “ While our investigation continues to progress apace, I continue to ask anyone who witnessed this fight in the vicinity of West Croydon station on Thursday night to come forward.
“ I’m also eager to hear from road users who may have captured dash cam events – their footage could prove vital in reconstructing what happened.
‘Jermaine’s family has been devastated by his murder and we need to identify the person responsible for this.
“If he can help, contact my team or you can leave information anonymously to Crimestoppers.”
Any witness or anyone with information can call the police on 101, citing CAD reference 6179 / 18Nov, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Jermaine Cools Quick and Facts
- Jermaine Cools, 14, was stabbed to death outside West Croydon train station
- South London schoolboy presented to hospital with stab wounds
- Police found no suspects or victims at the scene on London Road, Croydon