This is 15-year-old Negus McClean, the fifth London teenager to be murdered in the city in 2011.

On Sunday evening, he was chased by up to nine other boys in Edmonton, North London, after he tried to stop them stealing his younger brother's phone. He was then cornered and stabbed repeatedly.

The Metropolitan Police say, "He's being chased it would appear by seven, eight, nine young men, all on mountain bikes, it would appear as well. He turns up into Westminster Road, where he is actually attacked. He's stabbed a number of times."

In January, Wing Ho (18), Kasey Gordon (15), and Daniel Graham-Thompson (18) were all stabbed to death. Also that month, Ezekiel Amosu (17) was pushed under a TfL bus.

In 2010, 19 teenagers were murdered in London.

Note: Don't Die Before You've Lived is a series of ongoing entries recording the murders of teenagers in London. Although not necessarily GBLT-related, the desperately premature loss of these young boys deserves our full attention. Please take a minute to remember their names, their faces, and spare a thought for these kids who really did die before they lived.

ka-os|theory is a London-based blog.


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