A teenager who was fatally stabbed outside a pizzeria reportedly asked for help as he lay dying.
The victim, named Sunday Ghulam Sadiq, 18, was attacked in Leytonstone, east London, on Saturday afternoon.
Police were called to Leytonstone High Road at 2.15pm following reports of a stabbing.
An employee of a pizzeria near the attack said officers fought to save him before he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A murder investigation has now been opened and the Met is appealing for witnesses.
Addullah Addullah from Massimo’s Pizza said the express“People gathered in the street, he (the victim) came to the door and said ‘uncle, help me’.
“He was stabbed very badly, no one could find the stab wound.
“It was really scary when we saw the bleeding, he was bleeding a lot.
Officers attended and gave first aid until the London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance arrived.
The force has yet to make any arrests.
Chief Detective Inspector Linda Bradley, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘Our heartfelt thoughts are with Ghulam’s family as they come to terms with this terrible tragedy, which no family should have to endure.
“He was attacked in broad daylight on the busy main road on a summer Saturday afternoon. I know this will shock and dismay the local community and I want to assure them that we will do everything we can to identify and bring those responsible to justice.
“The area was likely occupied at the time of the incident. I urge anyone who saw anything of interest to come forward and talk to us.
“Did you see the attack itself? Did you see an altercation? Have you seen anyone act in an unusual way or in a way that aroused your suspicions?
“Could you have any dash cam footage of being in the area at this time? We want to hear from you. No information is too insignificant.
“I would also like to thank the local businesses and residents affected by the road closures around the crime scene for their patience and cooperation as we conduct this vital initial phase of our investigation. We will work as thoroughly and efficiently as possible. »
Anyone with information is urged to call the police on 101, reference 3896/06AUG, to visit the Major Incident Public Reporting site or anonymously call Crimestoppers, an independent charity.