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Tooting stab victim's family ask Mayor to tackle knife crime

STOP KNIFE CRIME: Murdered Lewis Elwin (right) with his mother and brother

THE GRIEVING family of a south London student stabbed to death yards from Sadiq Khan’s front door have called on the new mayor to put knife crime at the top of his agenda.

Lewis Elwin, 20, who was training to become an electrician, was fatally stabbed by a gang who ambushed him on a Tooting street busy in broad daylight on April 18..

Officers attended and found Lewis suffering from stab injuries. He died at the scene a short while later.

A post-mortem examination the day later, gave the cause of his death as a stab wound to the chest.

His family revealed that Lewis had arranged a one-on-one meeting with newly-elected mayor Khan two years earlier after being knifed in the chest.

His eldest brother Byron, 31, an electrician, said Lewis had told the then-MP he needed to be moved out of the area as he no longer felt safe.

His widowed mother and five elder siblings got together at the family home in Southfields just two days before the murder to warn Lewis he was mixing with the wrong crowd.

“He was very caring, very family-orientated and wouldn’t hurt a fly," Byron told the Evening Standard.

He added: “It’s not just about Lewis now, it’s about the next person that could be killed. There are a lot of potential witnesses but ‘no snitching’ is the law on the street. People are too frightened of their reputation or what they look like to tell police anything.”

“We have got to do something — in five or 10 years we will have a lost generation who won’t listen to us or share our values at all. Who else needs to be killed until knife crime is placed right on top of the agenda?”

Mayor Khan said: “My thoughts and prayers are with Lewis Elwin’s family, and all those who have lost a loved one to this dreadful crime.

“The rise in knife crime amongst our young people is deeply concerning. I have made it clear ... that tackling knife crime is a top priority. I will work to ensure our young people are given positive choices to deter them from carrying knives and joining gangs.”

Nobody has been charged for the murder on April 18. Two 19-year-olds arrested in May have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for Lewis' murder.

Witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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