MET Appeal two months on from Battersea murder Malachi Brooks died after being stabbed in Surrey Lane, SW11.
Police and the London Ambulance Service were called to the location on Tuesday, 28 March at around 01:10hrs. London’s Air Ambulance also attended.
They found Malachi suffering stab wounds. Despite the best efforts of paramedics he died at the scene at 01:55hrs.
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.
Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating:
Malachi, who lived in the Battersea area and had completed an apprenticeship in carpentry, had been with friends earlier in the evening and was making his way home when he was attacked.
Four males all wearing balaclavas, hoods or face coverings pulled up in a vehicle in Surrey Lane. Three males then got out and stabbed Malachi before getting back in the car and making off.
Detective Inspector John Massey from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “At this stage it is unclear why Malachi was attacked in such a brutal manner and we continue to keep an open mind about the possible motive.
“We are still appealing for witnesses and information about what happened that night.
“Did you see the incident or four men in a vehicle acting suspiciously in or around the area in the early hours of 28 March?
“Malachi’s family have been left devastated by what happened and I would urge anyone with information, no matter how small, to come forward.”
Rashaune Morin, Malachi’s sister, said: “These last two months have been the worst nightmare. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.
“There are so many questions that we can’t answer and the only person who knows what happened to Malachi and he’s not here to tell that story. That’s what hurts the most – I know he was scared and I know he was vulnerable.
“No one deserves to be killed or murdered on the streets. No one deserves to take someone’s life, and walk free and live life like normal.”
A 21-year-old man [A] was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, 26 April on suspicion of murder. He was bailed pending further enquiries and subsequently released with no further action.
Any witnesses, or anyone with any information, are asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4868. Police can also be contacted via Twitter @MetCC.
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