Police have made six arrests after a nineteen-year-old, named by friends and family as Wimbledon man Daniel Namanga, was fatally stabbed in Old Kent Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Officers were called at about 2am with the London Ambulance Service to the scene, at the junction with Ilderton Road, where the wounded man was found. Despite paramedics’ attempts to save his life, he was pronounced dead at the scene at about 2:50am.
Mr Namanga, known as Loni, was reported by the Wimbledon Guardian to have attended Rutlish School in Watery Road.
The Old Ruts Rugby Club in Wimbledon, which Mr Namanga attended, tweeted saying: “All of our thoughts are with Dan Namanga’s family and friends. RIP.” But the tweet was later deleted.
Five people were arrested shortly after the attack took place. They included:
- A 23-year-old man, who has been released under further investigation
- A 21-year-old man, released under further investigation
- A 25-year-old woman, released under further investigation
- A 25-year-old woman, who has been released and no further action will be taken against her
- A 23-year-old man, released and no further action will be taken against him
A sixth suspect – a 31-year-old man – was arrested on Tuesday evening on suspicion of murder, and was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.
Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, led by detective inspector Domenica Catino, are investigating.
A statement from the Met said the victim’s next of kin have been informed, but formal identification has yet to take place.
A police cordon placed along the junction preventing pedestrians or vehicles from entering Ilderton Road had been removed by 10:30pm on Tuesday. Small areas beside the Ambleside Point and Windermere tower blocks of the Tustin Estate were also taped off, and police on scene told the News that “evidence” had been found.
Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4622 or 101, or contact police via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.