The 17-year-old Fola Orebiyi, collapsed and bled to death in Portobello Road last night, just yards from busy pubs and restaurants in London. Witnesses said the former pupil of Holland Park School, who was studying A-levels, was knifed in the neck at about 8.45pm.
A fight is said to have broken out on a nearby estate before Fola was chased into the road. Mark Gettleson, who lives nearby, said he heard the cries of shop staff as they tried to help the teenager when he collapsed opposite the “World Famous Portobello Market” sign.
Paramedics tried to save him but he died at the scene. He was the fourth teenager to be stabbed to death in London this year.
Fola was said to be studying A-levels at Chelsea Academy. One of his cousins described him as a “caring and lovely” boy with a bright future and said his mother was “distraught”.
She was being comforted by family members at their home just minutes from the crime scene.
Scotland Yard said a murder inquiry had been launched and there were no arrests.