Devastating CCTV has captured the moment a ‘sweet and caring’ schoolboy was stabbed in the heart outside a takeaway.
Jai Sewell, also known as Jay Hughes, can be seen in the footage in front of a fried chicken shop when a masked gang member runs towards him and plunges a huge knife straight into his chest.
The horrific stabbing lasted just three seconds. Mirror Online is choosing not to show the video due to its distressing nature.
The dying 15-year-old stumbled and collapsed inside the takeaway before being rushed to hospital where he died several hours later.
Detectives are now working around the clock to find the thug behind the "callous" attack which happened just after 5.20pm on Thursday, November 1 in Bellingham, Lewisham, south east London.
A post-mortem examination found Jai died from a single stab wound to the heart.
The CCTV footage, taken on Randlesdown Road near Morley’s fried chicken shop, begins by showing the teen speaking to someone else outside.
But clearly panicked by something, the person runs away. Several other hooded men also run past, while Jai remains in his original position.
It’s then that a thug wearing what looks like grey tracksuit bottoms, a blue padded jacket, black gloves and trainers runs towards Jai and thrusts the blade into his heart in the seemingly unprovoked attack.
Jai’s aunt Rochelle, 32, previously told of how he lived nearby with his grandmother and had not been involved with gangs.
“He said he was going out to get some food and he never came back," she sobbed.
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“He loved riding his mountain bike, was very bright and brilliant at art. He wanted to be a cartoonist.
“He was basically a young boy who played out on his bike and met up with friends. It was a normal day it seemed, but he never came back we are heartbroken.”
As we previously reported, the area around Morley’s fried chicken shop was sealed off and forensic officers were seen going inside.
Blood could be seen on the floor, as well as medical paraphernalia, wound dressings and a first aid bag.
Witness Thomas Coffie, 23, said: “I was just on my way home from work and I stopped to get something to eat from the chicken shop.
“I heard a bang behind me and turned around and saw him run into the shop. I knew he had been stabbed because of all the blood on his jacket.
"The boy said to me, ‘man is going to die’.
“He fell on the floor, I couldn’t stop him falling – I tried to put some pressure on the wounds just to keep him alive until the ambulance arrived.
“I was just holding him, I couldn’t see because of all the blood.
"Staff grabbed paper tissues and tried to mop up the blood from his body, but there was just too much.
“I didn’t know what to do, I couldn’t stay there – I do not feel safe here anymore.”
Another witness said: "There was a lot of shouting, there was some sort of row going on.
"Then the boy was on the floor and people were all crying.
"It was busy, there were a lot of people."
Hours after the stabbing, friends left tributes to Jai – leaving bouquets of flowers at the scene.
One tribute read: "RIP baby boy, I am so sorry this happened sleep tight."
A former classmate of Jai and his mother stood at the crime scene.
The young boy said: "Jai was popular, but for the right reasons. He was always talkative and very respectful.
"He was really into football and he played at school."
Deanne Wright, 36, lives in the area and often saw Jai with his grandmother.
She said: "He was very close with his nan – she raised him.
"I often saw him out and about or on the bus, he was a sweet and caring boy."
A woman who works in a nearby pharmacy said: "It was about 5pm, and the streets were full of people, they were everywhere.
"I could see a lot of young people, and I could hear people screaming at the front.
"They were gathering outside Morley’s chicken shop, there was blood everywhere.
"You sometimes hear of fights, but nothing like this people are saying they use a machete.
"They stopped him and he ran into the chicken shop for help – it is heartbreaking."
A man who lives opposite the crime scene said: "There is nothing for kids to do around here.
"This means that gangs of kids hang around on street corners, it can be quite intimidating.
"I’ve seen 30 or so of them hanging out outside Morley’s, recently there seems to be kids from outside the area.
"This is kids killing kids, it has to stop – their parents need to do more and check them before they leave the house."
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Soole, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "My team continues to work around the clock to apprehend those responsible for this callous attack, which cost a young boy his life.
"I’d urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they believe it is, to do the right thing and get in contact with us as soon as possible.
“I appreciate that there may be a reluctance to speak with police but I can assure you that we will treat all information given to our Major Incident Room in the strictest of confidence. Alternatively, you could speak anonymously to Crimestoppers."
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call police on 0208 345 3734.
To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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