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Witness appeal after teen becomes first 2016 stab fatality

FATALLY STABBED: Munashe Charles Kutyauripo - known as Charlie - was attacked after attending a party in east London on Saturday (Jan 9)

DETECTIVES HAVE renewed their appeal for witnesses and information after a 16-year-old became the first stabbing fatally of the year.

Munashe Charles Kutyauripo - known as Charlie - a student living in Collier Row, was stabbed at Ashton Playing Fields off Chigwell Road in east London on Saturday (Jan 9).

It is believed the victim had attended an organised 16th birthday party for a female friend at a social club at the playing fields.

A confrontation began outside the club between four male youths and the victim, who was alone.

One of the males then stabbed the victim before all four made off on foot towards Chigwell Road.

Other people at the party came to help the victim before police and paramedics arrived.

Charlie was taken by ambulance to Whipps Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:45pm.

A post-mortem examination on Monday (Jan 11) at Walthamstow mortuary gave cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lawson, leading the investigation, said: "We are still appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

“We are really keen to speak to everyone who was at the party that night, we know there were around 100 young people there. Many have already come forward but we need to gather all information, no matter how small, in order to piece together the events of that evening."

Anyone who can help is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There have no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.

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