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Suspect identified in Woodford party teen murder case

Munashe Charles Kutyauripo - known as Charlie Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Munashe Charles Kutyauripo, known as Charlie, was attending a friend's birthday party

A 16-year-old boy has been named as a murder suspect after a teen was killed in a London park during an argument at a birthday party on Saturday.

Police want to speak to Aaron Alexander Tavares-Gaiete over the stabbing of Munashe Charles Kutyauripo, 16, at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford.

A post-mortem examination found the victim, known as Charlie, had died from a stab wound to the chest.

Police said they were "reaching out to Aaron's family and friends".

"We want to trace him and speak to him about what he knows about Charlie's murder," Det Ch Insp Mark Lawson said.

Image caption The teenager was stabbed outside a social club where the party was being held
Image caption Police said they were called to the scene at about 21:40 GMT

Charlie had been attending a female friend's 16th birthday party at a social club when a confrontation started between him and four boys, police believe.

He was attacked at about 21:40 GMT and taken by ambulance to Whipps Cross Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Det Ch Insp Lawson said Aaron had not been seen since the murder and urged him to contact Scotland Yard.

"Charlie's family have been left devastated by his death, they want and deserve answers about what happened", he said.

Image copyright Met Police
Image caption A post-examination found Charlie died from a stab wound to the chest

In a statement the victim's family said anybody who had information "should come forward and help find whoever did this".

"To the world he was just a 16-year-old boy, but to us, that was our son taken," they said.

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