A man arrested on Saturday over the double murder in Leytonstone has been charged.
19 year old Devonte Campbell of east London appeared in custody at Thames Magistrates' Court today charged with the murders of Aaron Carriere and Josiah Manful in Montague Road, E11 on Saturday, 1 March.
Police are scouring CCTV footage as they try to piece together the final movements of two men who were murdered in an ambush by a hooded gang.
At the moment it's not clear why these two men were targeted and murdered. My appeal is threefold. I'm appealing to witnesses to the attack, I'm appealing for information from those who may know those responsible, and we need to understand why these two men were murdered.
It's too early to speculate on why they were murdered and we're keeping an open mind about the circumstances behind these murders, and I urge the community and members of the public to do the same.
– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Attewell, Metropolitan Police
The Homicide and Major Crime Command are still trying to piece together the events of the previous evening into the early hours of the 1 March. We are in the early stages of this investigation and retain an open mind as to the motive of this ferocious attack.
Aaron and Josiah were in a black Fiesta in Montague Road and both were stabbed several times as they sat in the vehicle. The London Ambulance Service made a significant effort to save their lives but unfortunately both later died at the scene.