The family of a Nigerian teen, Andre Aderemi, who was brutally macheted
20 times by after being pursued by three others carrying machetes, at
Monks Hills estate, Selsdon, Croydon, have pleaded for an end to the
cycle of violence on the capital’s streets.
The 19 year old boy later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital and died.
The stabbings may be gang related because many of those he fraternised with have been killed in a similar fashion.
Aderemi was an ex-pupil at John Ruskin College in Croydon, and an
amateur rapper said to be friends with two other young musicians stabbed
to death in south London in the past three months.
He is also said to have performed with 16-year-old Leoandro Osemeke,
known as Showkey, stabbed to death outside a party in Peckham on August
An eye witness, Rebecca Shaw, 18, said she heard “screams” after the terrifying attack in Selsdon, Croydon..
“Andre’s mother came running down the road. He was on the floor
screaming out for her. I heard the screams and lots of people came
running to him. They tried to give him CPR and put pressure on the
And another onlooker added:
“I saw Andre running for his life and three others were coming up behind
him. They were just chasing him and not shouting. They chased him
behind a row of shops. I called the police, as I knew if they got to him
he’d be done. They were armed with machetes about a foot long. I was
told Andre was stabbed 20 times.”
More than 100 friends and relatives of Andre Aderemi, 19, last night
gathered for a memorial church service on the Croydon estate where he
was murdered on Tuesday.
His mother Yemi Hughes told the congregation: “I’ve lost my baby. He’s my everything, my rock… my other two boys are broken.”
Tragic Andre is the eighth teenager to be stabbed to death in London this year.