A murder investigation has been launched after a schoolboy was stabbed to death on a quiet road in south London.
Up-and-coming musician Myron Isaac Yarde, 17, was knifed after a fight broke out among a group of young people gathered in Casella Road, New Cross, at 7.40pm last night.
The former Deptford Green School pupil was found lying in a pool of his own blood on the steps of a Victorian townhouse on the corner of nearby Camplin Street.
He was rushed to hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead at 9pm.
Two youths, aged 15 and 16, were arrested near the scene. They were today being questioned by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.
Myron was described by friends as a dedicated and talented young rapper who released mixtapes and dozens of music videos that have been watched hundreds of thousands of times online.
Many took to social media to express their grief and pay tribute to a “kind, happy guy with an unforgettable smile.”
A cousin who grew up in the same house as Myron and now works as a DJ told the Standard: “I saw something had happened on Twitter but I didn’t know what so rang my brother. I’d been DJing and they didn’t want to message me. When I found out, I just couldn’t understand.
“We grew up together and he was known as Little M. He was such a happy face – you couldn’t take that away from him.”
A teenage friend who went to visit the scene, said: “He was a lovely, loving boy. It’s disgusting.
“He was just a child, a good boy. I want to know why this has happened. He wasn’t involved in bad things. There was a female friend crying and bawling at the scene.”
The street was cordoned off behind police tape last night as teams of forensic officers began their investigations.