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Family of 16-year-old stabbed at East Croydon railway station 'beyond heartbroken'

The family of a teenage boy murdered in front of commuters at a busy railway station say they are "beyond heartbroken".

Louis Johnson's grandfather and brother Omar paid tribute Credit: Met Police

Louis Johnson's grandfather and brother Omar paid tribute to the 16-year-old in a statement issued through police on Wednesday.

Louis was only 16, he was tragically taken from us at such a young age.

He had his whole life ahead of him, all the things that any teenager could wish for. Louis was generally a shy boy who kept himself to himself but he was also very popular among his peers and has left behind many friends. He leaves behind a huge family who are all devastated. We miss Louis dearly and will continue to miss him until we meet again in a better place. We would request that our privacy be respected through this difficult period, we are beyond heartbroken.

– Family statement

The teenager was stabbed to death in a violent attack that lasted 40 seconds on Monday afternoon.

British Transport Police said Mr Johnson came into East Croydon station at around 4.30pm through the Ruskin Square ticket barrier, and was attacked minutes later.

While he was on the overbridge in the station he met someone who immediately pulled out a knife and stabbed him.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested over the murder.