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09/05/2019 16:21 BST | Updated 09/05/2019 17:00 BST

Teenager Arrested On Suspicion Of Murdering Boy, 15, In Hackney

The victim was stabbed to death.

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Tashaun Aird was stabbed to death last Wednesday

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of an aspiring musician and “family-orientated” boy who was stabbed to death in east London.

Tashaun Aird, 15, was stabbed in a “terrible” incident in Somerford Grove in Hackney, on the evening of Wednesday May 1.

Scotland Yard said a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday morning and taken into custody at a north-west London police station where he remains.

Detectives believe the youngster, who was in a group of six people was killed after a “fracas” with a group of four suspects ran towards them.

Tashaun was found at the scene suffering from stab injuries and died at 9.49pm.

A post-mortem examination gave the provisional cause of death as a stab wound to the lung. Officers are working to establish a motive.

The Met’s homicide and major crime command are investigating the incident, in which a 16-year-old was also stabbed in Somerford Grove.

His injuries are not life-threatening and he has now been released from hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Helen Rance, leading the investigation, said: “Our investigation is making good progress and my officers are following a number of lines of inquiry, but we know there is more work for us to do in tracking down all of those involved in this horrific murder of a teenage boy who had his whole life in front of him.

“We know that witnesses saw Tashaun and the 16-year-old victim being attacked by a group of youths in a park near Somerford Grove.

“Tashaun was part of a group of about six when four suspects ran at them. We retain an open mind as to any motive behind this terrible incident.

He was a loving, caring boy with an infectious laughTashaun's family

“It would have been quite a scene and following the confrontation everyone fled.

“If you haven’t spoken to police about what you saw, I need you to get in touch.

“If you are worried about telling police, or even if you don’t want to speak to us directly, I would urge you to use anonymous methods such as Crimestoppers where you could provide vital information without even having to give your name.

“The people who killed Tashaun and seriously injured another 16-year-old boy must be removed from the community, and only you can help us do it.”

In a statement released through police on Friday, his family paid tribute to the teenager, saying: “Tashaun was family-orientated, he loved his family and we loved him dearly.

“He was passionate about his music and he loved drawing.

“He was a loving, caring boy with an infectious laugh.”

Romaine Williams-Reid, 18, of Erith Crescent, Romford, was charged with Tashaun’s murder, and grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to a second victim.