LONDON (Reuters) - A 13-year-old boy appeared in court on Tuesday charged with the murder of Paul Erhahon, 14, who was stabbed to death near his London home.
The youth, who can not be named, is also charged with the attempted murder of Erhahon’s 15-year-old friend, who is stable in hospital after being stabbed in the same attack on Friday.
The accused appeared before Waltham Forest Youth Court and was remanded in custody until April 24.
Two 14-year-olds arrested in connection with the murder are still in police custody. A 19-year-old has been bailed to a date in June pending further inquiries.
Friends said Erhahon was a peaceful music fan who had wanted to become a top rapper.
“We had been friends since primary school and he was never out to cause trouble (or) disturb the peace of society,” wrote one of his friends, Adefolahan Oshinloye, on a tribute Web site.
“May his soul rest in peace, and my condolences to his parents, sisters, family, and all his other friends like myself.”
London police are investigating a spate of murders of teenagers in recent months that have intensified fears about gang violence in the capital.