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Saturday, March 17, 2007

“Kill him, kill him”

Under the headline Girls chant ‘kill him’ as gang chases schoolboy then stabs him to death, The Times reports on another horrifying murder in London.

The story has similarities to another one about two thousand years ago where the cry was "crucify him, crucify him". Not a lot has perhaps changed since then.

"Seven teenagers were questioned by police yesterday after a 16-year-old boy was chased by a mob and stabbed to death in a London street lined with £1 million homes.

The murder is the fifth involving youths in London in the past few weeks.

Witnesses say that teenage girls egged on the attack with shouts of “Kill him, kill him” before the victim, named last night as Kodjo Yenga, was surrounded. At one point Kodjo raised his arms to fend off blows from sticks. The suspects being held include four 13-year-olds, two 15-years-olds and a man aged 21.

Last night police sources said that Kodjo had been a “nice lad” and a promising A-level student who had never been in trouble with the police. His family live in North Kensington close to Ladbroke Grove. He was a student at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College in North Kensington, West London.

The attack took place in Hammersmith Grove, West London, at teatime on Wednesday on the edge of a quiet residential area known as Brackenbury Village. "

Full story: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article1522408.ece