A MAN stabbed to death in a suspected gang fight begged for a blanket as he lay dying naked in the middle of the street, a horrified witness has said.
Onlookers said the victim, believed to be in his 20s, was chased through a council estate in Brixton, South London just moments before the fatal stabbing.
The Met Police have confirmed that a murder investigation is underway following the incident on Overton Road on Thursday evening.
Witnesses said that the man ran through a maze of balconies to escape the alleged attackers – but was eventually cornered when he reached a dead end.
He was found with stab injuries on Wynne Road and rushed to hospital for treatment – but died there at around 8.50pm.
His next of kin have been informed, but he has not been formally identified – with a post-mortem examination expected to take place tomorrow.
A mum and teaching assistant who lives in the building where the victim was spotted running said she was “shocked” and “saddened” after hearing the news.
Margarida Lopes, 50, said: “There was a man being treated here yesterday in the middle of the road.
“The thing that shocked me was that he was completely naked and nobody was thinking about his dignity.
“He asked for a blanket twice and nobody was doing anything.”
She added: “I was about to say something and offer my first aid to support them but the tape was up and everyone was on the balcony looking down.
“I don’t know why he was naked but I felt that was very wrong.
“I was so sad to think of this young loss of life and all he had ahead of him. It is such a waste. Why would people want to be killing one another?”
The thing that shocked me was that he was completely naked and nobody was thinking about his dignity
Monica Barroso, a 26-year-old student who lives in the area, said: “I heard the helicopter and saw the paramedics running down the road with CPR equipment.
“As soon as it landed, we saw police cover the road.
“I just saw everybody grouping together and people were saying: ‘He got shanked, he got shanked.’
“The men were running from Angel Town which is a well known estate on the other side of Brixton Road.
“There are three ramps in the building here but two of them have now been blocked off.
He was being chased and he was trying to get away through the flats but he didn’t know it very well
“People usually run down there thinking they can get through but now they get stuck at the other end. It is literally a dead end.
“He was being chased and he was trying to get away through the flats but he didn’t know it very well.
“Other people in the building saw him running along the balconies and trying to get away through the building.”
London Ambulance services and an air ambulance all attended the scene at Overton Road where a second man, believed to be aged 26, was found with stab injuries and taken to hospital.
His condition is not life-threatening, and he remains in hospital under police guard, after being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
On Friday, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and he is being questioned at a south London police station.
Police said an overturned car was found in nearby Marcella Road and is being linked to the incident.
Detectives believe it may have collided with another car before overturning, but there are no reports of any injuries directly as a result.
A specialist crime investigation has begun, led by Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh, who said: “We are making quick progress as we work to fully understand the chain of events that led to this young man losing his life.
“The incident took place on a busy street in the evening in front of horrified onlookers.
“My officers have made arrests and spoken to a number of witnesses, but I know there are more who have yet to speak to police.
“If you have information, images or video that could assist us in bring justice to the victim’s family, I urge you to contact us immediately.”
Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 5998/20Aug, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.