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Schoolboy murder suspects on the run, say police

KILLED: Yemi Kanyangarara

POLICE HAVE asked the public to assist them in tracing three teenage boys, believed to be involved in the murder of a schoolboy on Friday (July 1), who are believed to be on the run.

Yemurai Kanyangarara, 16, was stabbed in his neck on Upper Wickham Lane, Welling, south east London in broad daylight as he made his way from Bexleyheath on the number 96 bus with a friend.

When Yemurai alighted the bus he was approached by three teenage boys, one of whom took a weapon from his clothing, believed to be a knife, and stabbed him in the neck. The suspects then fled into adjoining streets together, leaving Yemurai dying at the scene.

Detective Mark Dunne, heading the murder investigation, has today (July 4) appealed for “the suspects to come forward and for witnesses who were at the scene at the time, who have not already contacted the police, to do so”

He said: "We currently have three frightened teenage boys who we know have left home and are on the run from police, possibly hiding in the Greater London area. This cannot go on forever and sooner or later they will have to speak to me. I am appealing for them to come forward now for the sake of Yemurai's family who needless to say are absolutely devastated by his death.

"Yemurai had his whole life ahead of him, having recently sat his GCSEs exams at St Columba's Catholic Boys' School in Bexleyheath.

"I am also appealing for anyone who witnessed this attack, which occurred in broad daylight on a busy street, or anyone who knows the whereabouts of these boys to contact us."

The three suspects are described as black and aged around 15 years old.

Anyone with information that may assist officers should contact the incident room at Lewisham police station on 020 8721 4906; if they wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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