POLICE HAVE this evening (6th February) named the Barking teenager who died on Saturday, 3rd February in Abbey Road, Barking. The stabbing was reported to police just after 10pm on the Saturday, with the victim being formally pronounced dead just before 11pm.
Formal identification has not taken place yet, but the police believe the victim is 19 year old Hasan Ozkan from Barking. The victim’s next of kin have been informed of his death.
The Metropolitan Police Homicide and Major Crime Command are leading the murder investigation. A post mortem at Queens Hospital has established that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
The investigation is being led by DCI Larry Smith, who said, “A young man appears to have been deliberately singled out by what we understand was a group intent on causing him serious injury. The attack has had fatal consequences and it is vital that those out there with information contact police. I would like to appeal to anyone who saw a group of males loitering in the area on the evening of the attack. Were you there? Did you see the suspects arrive or leave the scene?”
Superintendent Sean Wilson from the East Area Command Unit said, “Officers have been out in force talking to local residents and providing reassurance to those in the community who have no doubt been shocked by this brutal attack on a young man. We will continue to provide a high visibility presence and plan to host drop in meetings to hear back from those in and around the area.”
•Anyone who was in the area at the time of the stabbing or who has any other information is requested to call the incident room on 020-8345 3985. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800-555 111, where you can give information anonymously.
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