Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Killer 'Gave Victim Fist Bump Then Slashed Him' Fatal Stabbing of Teenager 'Was All over a PS10 Debt'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Killer 'Gave Victim Fist Bump Then Slashed Him' Fatal Stabbing of Teenager 'Was All over a PS10 Debt'

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Byline: Alex Alley, John Dunne and Anthony France

A TEENAGER was stabbed to death trying to protect a young woman in London's latest street murder, friends said today.

The killer gave Solomon Small, 18, a "fist bump" before slashing him in the neck and chest in front of the terrified girl, according to witnesses of the attack in Brixton at about 2pm yesterday. She managed to escape.

Medics battled to save Mr Small in the street of Victorian terrace homes but he was pronounced dead 40 minutes later. His distraught mother was heard screaming "My son, my son" as she rushed to the scene from her home nearby.

The killing marks the 91st murder investigation launched in the capital this year. Mr Small was the 16th teenager to be murdered in London and the second stabbed to death this week. Witnesses said the victim, who was training to be a mechanic, was attacked as he walked with the young woman in Corrance Road, where Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 family houses sell for PS900,000. A 17-year-old boy was arrested in nearby Tremadoc Road shortly after the attack and was being questioned by detectives today.

A friend said: "Someone followed them and Solomon knew who he was, so he gave him a fist bump. But the girl he was with saw that the guy had a knife and got in between Solomon and the guy. Solomon grabbed the guy and told her to run. As he did that, the guy stabbed him.

"She ran off but she could see Solomon getting stabbed in the neck and chest. He wasn't a confrontational person at all. He was doing an apprenticeship as a mechanic. His mum only lives up the road so he was probably going to visit her."

A friend of the victim said he was a "loving person" who was not involved in gangs and had grown up near to where he was killed.

Others suggested that Mr Small and his attacker had recently fallen out over a PS10 debt. …

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