MY SON, MY SON!

Mother’s cries as she sees bloody scene where son, 15, was stabbed to death

Daily Mail - - News - By Ge­orge Odling and Neil Sears

THE dis­traught mother of a mur­dered school­boy cried ‘my son, my son’ as she vis­ited the blood­stained street where he was stabbed.

Tashaun Jones, 15, an as­pir­ing mu­sic pro­ducer, was killed in a dou­ble stab­bing on Wed­nes­day night.

Fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing his mother Michelle, brother, sis­ter and grand­fa­ther gath­ered at the scene in Hack­ney, north­east Lon­don, yes­ter­day to grieve.

Tashaun’s mother was stopped from break­ing the cor­don by fam­ily mem­bers as she laid some flow­ers by the scene along with a card which sim­ply read: ‘To my beau­ti­ful son. Love you. Mum.’

An­other fe­male fam­ily mem­ber who also laid flow­ers at the scene shouted: ‘This is our blood. Our fam­ily’s blood is on the ground here.’

Tashaun died at the scene. A 16-yearold boy was also stabbed in the same in­ci­dent, but did not sus­tain life-threat­en­ing injuries.

The two vic­tims, who were with friends, were stabbed in ‘some sort of con­fronta­tion with an­other group’, po­lice said.

The lat­est tragedy came as the head of Scot­land Yard claimed po­lice were turn­ing the tide on vi­o­lent crime.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick un­veiled a string of fig­ures show­ing falls in stab­bings, youth vi­o­lence and mur­ders at a me­dia briefing. But she ad­mit­ted it seemed ‘ cold and un­emo­tional’ to make such an an­nounce­ment within hours of a 15-year-old be­ing killed on the cap­i­tal’s streets.

And she faced crit­i­cism with one for­mer of­fi­cer ac­cus­ing the force of be­ing ‘nowhere near on get­ting a grip on this’.

Tashaun was the eighth teenager to be stabbed to death in the cap­i­tal this year. His grand­fa­ther, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘ This is a dif­fi­cult time... we are suf­fer­ing. Some­one has to stop all this vi­o­lence. No­body de­serves this. School­boys should not be get­ting killed.’

A school­friend of Tashaun said he was a tal­ented mu­si­cian who pro­duced back­ing tracks which he then sold to ‘big artists’, in­clud­ing drill rap­pers.

He said: ‘ He was a nice guy, a good guy. He was a pro­ducer, not just Afro beats he would do drill beats as well. He was re­ally bub­bly and al­ways gave away pos­i­tive en­ergy. I never thought one of my friends would be mur­dered.’

Tashaun had at­tended Hack­ney New School af­ter leav­ing Moss­bourne Com­mu­nity Academy and was a keen foot­baller and an Arse­nal fan. His grand­fa­ther said he also used the sur­name Aird.

Tashaun’s fam­ily hur­ried to the scene on the evening of his death. A mother of two liv­ing nearby said: ‘I heard the poor boy’s sis­ter scream­ing. The po­lice were keep­ing her back and she was shout­ing, “That’s my brother, my brother”. It was heart­break­ing to hear.’

One of the boys fled into a nearby fruit and vegetable shop, Elif Food Cen­tre. A shop­keeper said: ‘He was hold­ing his side. He came in and said, “Help me, help me.” There was blood ev­ery­where.’

On the same evening shortly af­ter mid­night, a 26-year-old man was stabbed near Cam­den Tube sta­tion, north Lon­don, and was taken to hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. In the pre-planned press con­fer­ence Scot­land Yard an­nounced that its blitz on vi­o­lent crime, which in­cluded a 30 per cent in­crease in stop and searches, had brought down youth stab­bings by 15 per cent and re­duced mur­ders by a quar­ter.

Miss Dick yes­ter­day de­scribed Tashaun’s mur­der as ‘ a ter­ri­ble, ter­ri­ble in­ci­dent’. She con­tin­ued: ‘The fig­ures, when they are put in the con­text of what hap­pened overnight [Tashaun’s mur­der] can seem rather bald, and cold and un­emo­tional. Each young man stabbed is a ter­ri­ble thing.’

Re­tired su­per­in­ten­dent Leroy Lo­gan, who works with vic­tims of knife crime, said po­lice were wrong to boast about im­prove­ments when the num­ber of mur­ders and stab­bings were still so high.

‘The Met are nowhere near get­ting a grip on this,’ he said.

‘The thin blue line is so thinly stretched and peo­ple are still feel­ing scared. Young­sters are car­ry­ing knives as a re­sult.’

WILD WEST BRI­TAIN

Fa­tally stabbed: The teenager died at the scene

De­voted: Tashaun Jones with his mother Michelle

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