Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Cradled My Dying Son as Knife Attackers Fled; Killing Scene: Police Cordon off St Thomas's Place in Hackney, Where Shaquille Was Attacked Just Yards from Home Stabbed in the Stomach: Shaquille Maitland- Smith Was Fatally Injured. His Sister I I Titi Suffered Slash Wounds to Her Face

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Cradled My Dying Son as Knife Attackers Fled; Killing Scene: Police Cordon off St Thomas's Place in Hackney, Where Shaquille Was Attacked Just Yards from Home Stabbed in the Stomach: Shaquille Maitland- Smith Was Fatally Injured. His Sister I I Titi Suffered Slash Wounds to Her Face

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Byline: MARK BLUNDEN

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy stabbed to death in Hackney was an Army cadet and is believed to be the youngest teenage murder victim in London this year.

Shaquille Maitland-Smith died after he and his 16-year-old sister Tahiri, known as Titi, were attacked by a gang on BMX bikes only yards from their home.

Titi suffered slash wounds to the face and was recovering at home today after having the injury stitched.

Their mother, Sandra Maitland, 43, said she had found her son bleeding from a single stab wound.

Mrs Maitland, a social worker, said: "I called out of the window to remind Shaquille to wash the dishes and that it was getting late.

"A few minutes later his sister shouted at me to come outside because the Fields Boys were there," she said, referring to a gang named after the local park, London Fields.

"I ran out and they just rushed past me. Shaquille was lying on the floor. I was pressing on his wound, trying to stop the bleeding with a towel." Shaquille is the 25th teenager to be killed in London this year and the 19th to be stabbed.

He was attacked a few streets from where Ahmed Benyermak, 16, plunged to his death from a tower block as he was pursued by a gang.

Shaquille and Titi had been walking a friend's dog just before midnight on Saturday in a small park off St Thomas's Place, where the family lived, when about 15 youths turned up on BMX bikes.

Local resident Laura Middlehurst, 31, said she had often seen Shaquille in the park. "He hangs round with some of his mates but they are always really nice and polite," she said. "I saw him 15 minutes before he was attacked.

He was sitting on the bench with his sister and another friend.

"My friend said she saw a gang of about 15 lads pull up on bikes. He tried to run away and hide but they attacked him and rode off. …

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