‘Beautiful’ teen stabbed to death near where brother was killed 4 years earlier

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An 18-year-old was stabbed to death in broad daylight in a senseless attack – just streets away from where his brother was knifed four years ago.

Junior Jah, also known as Y.Grinna, was attacked near his family’s home on Coolfin Road in Canning Town, east London, just before 2.45pm on Monday, April 26.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and tried to save him, but he was tragically pronounced dead.

His auntie Yvette Goodhew told MyLondon: "We always knew him as Junior. He was a beautiful, quiet boy. He had just turned 18.

"We didn't see the family often but I remembered he was a good boy."

Flowers and heartbreaking tributes have since been left by residents.

One handwritten message at the scene read: “Still can't believe you've gone. Always in our hearts and never forgotten.”

Another eyewitness told the MailOnline: “My friend told me something had happened so I came out of my house and saw that poor boy lying there and I just came back inside.

“His brother was also stabbed. They are a nice family, it's so sad.

“I always said 'good morning' to them and they always said 'good morning' to me.

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“It's awful and it frightens you when it happens right where you live.”

Police have imposed a Section 60 order for the entire borough of Newham between 4pm and 7am on Tuesday, April 27.

It allows officers to carry out stop and searches without reasonable grounds.

Junior’s tragic death is not the first time tragedy has struck the family.

His brother Ahmed Jah was also stabbed to death in 2017 on neighbouring Freemasons Road.

His dad Abubakarr, a rail construction worker, told the Evening Standard at the time: “Young people need to put down their knives and stop the violence. It is destroying families and communities.

“He was a beautiful, kind boy. He wanted to do something with his life.

“Now we have lost him. He didn't deserve for this to happen.’”

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Met Police officers are now urging anyone with information on the recent killing to come forward, with no arrests yet made.

A spokesperson said: "Anyone with information that could assist the investigation at this early stage is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 4050/26April.

“Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111."

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