A 17-year-old student, Fola Orebiyi, has been knifed to death in an upmarket London hot spot in front of horrified onlookers who say he was chased by a gang on bikes at around 8.45pm last night. He died on the pavement of Portobello Road, Notting Hill – despite paramedics’ efforts to save him.
Witnesses say drinkers at the Portobello Star pub rushed to help the boy as they saw him stagger down the street, but he collapsed near to Portobello Arts Club.
He is the fourth teenager to be killed in London so far this year.
One witness, Mark Gettleson said Fola was stabbed in the neck. He heard the cries of staff at the pub as they tried to help the teenager as he staggered down the busy road. He eventually collapsed outside a shop. "I got home from the gym and heard a bit of commotion, then I heard someone scream ‘Did anybody see anything? I rushed to the window and police were already there talking to the poor boy who was in a bloody heap on the floor. There were two large pools of blood where he had staggered down the road before collapsing. People saw him fall down and try to get to his feet again.
Police and paramedics tried to resuscitate him for a long time, they did everything they could. This will shake people around here to the core. It’s absolutely tragic another young man has died. I’m in shock and we need to get the individuals who did this off our streets. We need to understand, in a meaningful way, why our children are turning to such horrific violent acts." A cousin said Fola’s mother, who lives near-by, was devastated and described him as a caring and lovely boy with a bright future. "All we have been told is that he was stabbed in the neck. His mum is distraught. We are all struggling to understand what happened.