Former Mayor of Tower Hamlets Doros Ullah has told ITV London that the community had "urged" the relevant authorities to take action over ongoing anti-social behaviour in the area, claiming that the death of a 16-year-old boy "could have been prevented".
The headteacher of the school where 16-year-old Ajmol Alom attended has sent several pictures of the "star pupil" to ITV London.
Chris Dunne, headteacher at Langdon Park School, said he had a "very bright academic future ahead of him".
A 16-year-old boy with "a very bright future" has been stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack by a hooded-gang.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers said Ajmol Alom was with a "peaceful" group of fellow Bengalis when he was attacked.
– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers
Initial indications are that Ajmol was with four friends. They were peaceful, they were conducting conversations at the location, Spey Street, which is behind me.
There appears to have been an unprovoked attack when the victim received his facial injuries and then Ajmol was stabbed.
Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Chalmers has said that a 16-year-old boy stabbed in Poplar, east London was confronted by "five or six males of a similar age". DCI Chalmers added that Ajmol Alom died after being stabbed in the upper thigh.
Police officially name 16 yo boy stabbed in Tower Hamlets last night as Ajmol Alom @itvlondon
Ajmol was with 4 friends when he was confronted by 5/6 hooded males of same age wearing bandanas. He was stabbed in upper thigh @itvlondon
Police say Ajmol was not a gang member but gang motivation remains a line of enquiry. Family devastated. @itvlondon
A 16-year-old boy killed after being stabbed yesterday evening has been named as Ajmol Alom, the Metropolitan Police confirmed today.
The teenager was attacked in Spey Street, Poplar, at around 9.50pm on Monday.
Former mayor of Tower Hamlets Doros Ullah has said he visited the murder scene after hearing that a 16-year-old boy was murdered yesterday in Spey Street, Poplar.
Mr Ullah said he had been told the teenager, Ajmol Alom, was the victim of mistaken identity. The boy's family are "completely devastated", he added.
– Doros Ullah, former mayor of Tower Hamlets
The chap that got killed was a very good boy. He used to pray five times a day. He was not someone who had been involved in any trouble in the past.
He was outside with some man who, we understand, had been in some trouble in the past, and three boys that came around were looking for him, so he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and became the victim.
A 16-year-old boy who was killed in a knife attack in east London has been described as a "splendid young man" by his headteacher.
The teen, named locally was Amjol Alom, was attacked in Spey Street, Poplar at around 9.50pm last night.
Chris Dunne, headteacher at Langdon Park School, said Ajmol had a "very bright academic future ahead of him". Amjol had been awaiting his GCSE results, and was expected to do very well. Mr Dunne said:
"He was a very, very splendid young man. Hardworking, industrious, but also a very caring and thoughtful young man. He was very able in all areas, but that didn't mean he didn't work incredibly hard. He came to all the revision classes, he worked flat-out.
"The exam results will come out next Thursday and he will have very good results."
A 19-year-old man has been arrested this morning, after a teenage boy was stabbed in east London yesterday evening. The man has been held on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at an east London police station.
Detective Chief Inspector Colette Smith said:
We believe there were a number of people in the area at the time and we would appeal for any witnesses or anyone with information to please come forward.
We are keeping an open mind about any possible motive at this stage.
A murder inquiry has been launched after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed in Spey Street, east London.
Two 16-year-old boys were injured in the stabbing and were taken to an east London hospital, police said today.
One boy was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0100 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.