A 14-year-old girl has been charged with the murder of a promising teenager footballer on a housing estate in Brixton, south London.
Junior Nkwelle, 15, died after being stabbed outside a block of flats on the Loughborough Estate on Thursday evening, police said. His mother, who wished only to be known as Stella, has asked for those who saw what happen to come forward.
"I would like all of the kids who saw what happened to my son to come forward and speak to the police," she said. "I am pleading with the parents to let their children do that, and to support their children in telling the truth. If they do not it could lead to this happening again one day."
Officers were called to reports of a disturbance on the estate at 9.25pm on Thursday and found the boy with serious stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene and police said the killing was not believed to be gang-related.
An incident room was opened under Detective Chief Inspector Charles King, who said: "We would appeal for anyone who has any information or witnesses to come forward as soon as possible."
The 14-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear at Camberwell Green Youth Court on Monday, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said. A 16-year-old boy, arrested on suspicion of the murder, remains in custody.