Teenage girl athletes and dating violence

On Thursday, the family of Abraham Badru, 26, who was shot dead in Hackney, east London, on 25 March, warned that “gun culture is becoming rampant in our community”.There have been five fatal shootings in London so far in 2018.

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The latest was a 20-year-old man who was attacked moments after leaving a bar in Wandsworth and died in the street.

It emerged at the weekend that London’s murder rate has risen above New York’s for the first time in modern history.

“Today there are families and loved ones struggling to come to terms with the loss of their children and best friends.

“We are concerned about the number of people being killed on our streets, and 2018 has shown the reality that more young people are prepared to turn to more serious violence more quickly.

“Our homicide detectives are working incredibly hard to do all they can to identify and catch those responsible.

“Whilst the reasons for the rise in violence, being seen across the country, are many and complex, the role of the police is clear.The Met called for anyone with information to get in touch.In a statement they said: “At this stage detectives are working to establish the type of car and how many people were both in the vehicle and within the group shot at.So far this year, the Metropolitan Police have launched 47 murder inquiries – eight in January, 15 in February, 22 in March and two in April.In the whole of last year, there were 130 murders in London.Describing the scene in Tottenham, a woman who knew the 17-year-old victim said: “The car just pulled up and just started shooting.” A 21-year-old witness, who did not want to be named, said she heard the gunshots “like fireworks” from her house. Her mum didn’t deserve to watch her die.” Tottenham-raised rapper Wretch32, whose real name is Jermaine Scott Sinclair, was among those to pay tribute, tweeting: “Wish I knew what to say about what’s happening in my ends. Another neighbour, 43, said Tanesha had visited her house, and described her as “just a normal girl trying to enjoy life”. She spoke of regular violent incidents in the area, driven by gangs.

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