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Girl, 17, charged over stab death

A teenage girl has been charged with the murder of a teenage boy who spoke to police less than an hour before he was killed.

Jeremie Malenge, 17, was stabbed to death in Hackney, east London, at 11.40pm on Tuesday.

Scotland Yard said that a 17-year-old female arrested on Thursday has today been charged with his murder.

She will appear in custody at Stratford Magistrates' Court tomorrow, a spokesman said.

It is understood that Jeremie was questioned on the night he was killed by officers because he matched the description of youths reported to be armed with knives in the area.

He was not arrested but was attacked and killed less than an hour later on Ponsford Street, where emergency services pronounced him dead.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the Met's prior contact with the victim.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Poplar Mortuary found that the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest.

Investigators have said that they believe Jeremie was in a shop near Homerton High Street and had an altercation with three or four male youths as he was leaving.

Detective Chief Inspector Ken Hughes, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: "It would appear the victim was chased by the group to Ponsford Street, where he was stabbed. The suspects then ran off in an unknown direction."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8345 3865 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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