Two men stabbed to death in separate incidents in north-west London last night have been named as Abdikarim Hassan and Sadiq Aadam.
Mr Hassan, 17, was found with stab wounds in Bartholomew Road, Camden, at around 8.30pm.
He died in the street, despite paramedics fighting to save him.
Officers were later called to reports of a disturbance in Malden Road at about 10.15pm.
There they found Mr Aadam with serious stab wounds. He was also pronounced dead at the scene.
Eye-witnesses claim to have spotted a gang fleeing the area after the attack on the 20-year-old.
Both of the victims are said to be of Somali origin, according to the Standard.
Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command have launched separate investigations and said police are working to establish whether there are any links between the two incidents.
No arrests have been made.
One local resident, who didn’t want to be named, said that Abdikarim had been playing football just before he was killed.
She said: ‘The boy was playing football on the green just after 7pm. I see him playing football every day and going to school, and he went to the shop to get a drink.
‘I heard there was blue van and someone jumped on him, and he got stabbed. His mum saw him die. What do you say to someone who just watched their child die? He’s 17 – he’s just a baby. He was never rude, he was lovely.
‘He just went to the corner shop to get a drink and now he’s just lying there. They put pictures of his dead body on the internet and there’s a scorecard going around.’
Mr Hassan’s uncle Yusuf Ahmed, said he came to the UK from Somalia when he was two-years old and was the eldest of six children.
He was a student at Westminster College and was a ‘good guy’ who was ‘always smiling’ and liked playing football.
Mr Ahmed said: ‘He was a good brother. He was the eldest of six.
‘He was helping his mum, whenever he was off from college, he was taking his siblings to school.’
Describing the scene where Sadiq Aadam died, a witness said she heard the screams and ran to the window.
She alleges a man had been stabbed ‘with a samurai sword’ and people were screaming for towels.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: ‘I have spoken all too often at the anger I feel at the senseless waste of life.
‘Today, two more families are suffering a terrible loss and my thoughts are with them.
‘The frequency with which some of our young people are prepared to take each other’s lives is shocking. For two young men to be murdered so close together – both in time and geography – makes this even harder to comprehend.
‘Camden is a vibrant and diverse part of our city, the impact of these murders will be felt right throughout that community.
‘My detectives are already investigating and I know that they will do all they can to catch those responsible. If you know something that may help then please let us know; if you would not normally speak to police then this is your chance to do the right thing.
‘London must come together to make it clear that this cannot continue. We will not police our way out of this problem. There is a role for all of us – London’s public, our partners and the police.
‘There will be young people out today who are carrying knives – stop and think. Do you really want your life to end? Or end someone else’s and waste your own life in prison?
‘Whoever you are, if you have information, if you know another young person who is going out with a knife then help us protect them. Tell us. We will act.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.