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Sorrow of stabbed boy's father

The father of murdered 14-year-old Leroy James has said his son "will forever be remembered".

Schoolboy sports enthusiast Leroy died in a pool of blood near a crowded playground after being stabbed in daylight by another youngster.

His father - also called Leroy - said he was "just trying to keep sane" as he attended the scene of his murder.

When asked how he will be remembered among his friends and family, the father added: "I can't explain for his friends, but he will forever be remembered by me."

Arsenal fan Leroy, the youngest of 10 teenagers murdered in the capital this year, was left slumped against a park wall in Enfield, north London, as young children played nearby.

Mr James said he was due to take his son to Jamaica to see the teenager's mother in December. Describing Leroy, his father added: "He was a pretty quiet boy. He didn't really talk much."

Mr James, from Edmonton Green, said he last spoke to his son in the morning and that he found out about the attack when one of his son's friends called him.

The 41-year-old scrap metal dealer said: "I was at home. He (his friend) just said to me if I heard what happened. I said what? He said Leroy has been stabbed and he's been taken to the Royal Free Hospital. But actually he was still in the park until 2am."

With two further teenage stabbings on Oxford Street - Britain's busiest shopping area - last night, Scotland Yard moved to dismiss fears that London was in the grip of a wave of gang violence.

"There's certainly no evidence or any intelligence at this time that this is a gang-related murder," said the investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode.


From Belfast Telegraph