A murder investigation has been launched after a former Peckham school pupil died after being stabbed on his estate near Millwall’s stadium.
Nineteen-year-old Andrew Oteng-Owusu was seen struggling for breath with blood running down his leg as he limped home after the attack in Sharratt Street, Lewisham, on Wednesday night.
The wounded young man is understood to have attended St Thomas the Apostle Catholic College in Peckham, and to have lived within a short distance from the place where he was ambushed.
At 11.30am on Thursday at King’s College Hospital, he was pronounced dead.
A close friend of Andrew’s, Kirsty Anderson, eighteen, told the Evening Standard: “We saw him come past and my mate shouted ‘Are you alright?’.
“He said ‘I’m bleeding’ and we saw all the blood down his leg. That’s when we called the ambulance.
“At first he didn’t look in pain but then he collapsed outside his door. When the ambulance came the last thing I heard him say was ‘I can’t breathe’.
“I’m still shocked. I can’t imagine how his mum is feeling. He was a really lovely boy, always polite and never mixed up in any trouble.”
Lewisham police have confirmed they were called by the London Ambulance Service at 11.41pm on Wednesday to a report of a male stabbed on Sharratt Street.
A Met spokesperson said: “Officers attended and found a 19-year-old man suffering from stab injuries.
“He was taken to Kings College Hospital where he subsequently died at approximately 11:30am on Thursday, August 4.
“A post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow at Greenwich Mortuary.
“An investigation has been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, and an incident room has been opened at Lewisham police station.
“No arrest has been made at this time and enquiries continue.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the team on 020 8721 4961. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.