Lamarni Hylton-Reid stabbed to death in Homerton

Lamarni Hylton-Reid
Image caption The 20-year-old died in hospital

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed in an east London street.

Lamarni Hylton-Reid, 20, of Warwick Grove, Hackney, was attacked in Homerton High Street in Homerton on Wednesday afternoon.

He was found by police officers, but later died in hospital.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police have appealed for anyone with information about the stabbing to come forward.

'Shocking incident'

Witness Metin Kaya said: "All I see is the guy on the floor. By the time I went there the ambulance was there already and obviously people were around there and some were scared, crying."

Image caption Police have been searching for the murder weapon

Pharmacist Sharmilla Gandesha said Mr Hylton-Reid often visited the nearby pharmacy and described him as "generally a very nice guy".

Newsagent Ranjan Patel told BBC London: "We saw the bus across the road and lots of police cars across the road then we heard it was a stabbing.

"We weren't sure whether the person was badly injured or not. Then he was picked up and put on the marshes by the air ambulance.

"Then we heard that he passed away."

Ms Patel said she was concerned about how safe the area was for children.

Ch Insp Andy Walker from the Met said: "It's a really shocking incident so I can see why... local people are upset by this. But I would like to reassure people that this is an isolated incident."

According to the Met, in the last 12 months, there have been 107 reported murders in the capital - an increase of just over 10% compared with the previous 12 months.

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