A teenager stabbed to death in the street was “just minding his own business”, his father has said.
Nedim Bilgin, 17, died in Caledonian Road, Islington, north London, shortly before 7pm on Tuesday after he was attacked with a knife.
His father Nusret told the Evening Standard: “He was a wonderful boy, we are devastated. He went out on his bike and never came home.
“We don’t know whether they were stealing his bike or what. That’s what someone said. We were told a car pulled up and they stabbed him. We have no idea why. He was just minding his own business. He was a good boy.”
Nedim, who has not been formally identified, was the eighth person to die as a result of violence in the capital so far this year.
Three teenagers aged 16, 17 and 18 have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police said there were reports of people “running around and on pedal bikes” in the area at the time of the killing, and a section 60 order allowing officers to search anyone for weapons was put in place covering much of Islington, Clerkenwell, Finsbury Park and Bloomsbury overnight.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley said: “This fatal knife attack took place just before 7pm in a area when lots of people would have been passing through the area on foot and in cars.
“We have had reports of people seen running around and on pedal bikes near Caledonian Road junction with Tilloch Street, N1, before and just after 7pm. Were you there? Did you see anything suspicious? Did you record footage before or after the attack or have your vehicle’s dashcam on?
“We need to hear from you to help build a clearer picture of what unfolded.”
Police patrols will be stepped up in the area after the murder.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Nick Davies said: “Tragically the local community is now coming to terms with the senseless loss of life of a young man who had everything to live for. This teenage victim lived in Islington.
“The investigation continues apace. My officers and those from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are carrying out a number of detailed forensic and CCTV footage-related inquiries.
“I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area. I would urge anyone with information on the attack to contact police without delay.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.