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Stabbed moped teen, 14, ‘killed in targeted hit’

‘Horrific attack’: Jayden
Moodie was
knocked off
his bike and
seven times

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy who was knocked off his moped and stabbed to death was deliberately targeted by a gang who wanted him dead, police say.

Jayden Moodie was attacked after his bike was rammed by a car in Leyton, east London, on Tuesday.

Three men from the vehicle set upon the teenager as he lay on the ground, stabbing him seven times before driving off, police said. Jayden is London’s youngest street murder victim since 2017.

Murder hunt: The crumpled moped and a helmet lie in the street in Leyton, east London, where 14-year-old Jayden died PICTURES: PA

Officers are attempting to trace the car, thought to be a black Mercedes B-Class, which was damaged in the incident. Paramedics attended the scene in Bickley Road just before 6.30pm but Jayden was pronounced dead less than 40 minutes later.

Ch Supt Richard Tucker of the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Everyone is shocked and appalled by this murder. The age of the victim beggars belief.’

One resident described seeing the boy being knocked off his moped and thinking at first it was an accident. ‘Then they quickly came out [of the car] — they beat him up, and they stabbed him, and they left,’ he said.

Det Ch Insp Larry Smith, from the Met’s homicide and major crime command, said: ‘Everything that we have learned about this attack so far indicates it was targeted and [they were] intent on lethal force from the outset.’

Residents said the area was notorious for drug dealing and gang violence, but there is no suggestion Jayden was involved and a family friend described the boy as ‘wonderful’ and ‘loving’.

A family member wrote on social media: ‘Rip to my little nephew stabbed 7 times in London can’t believe I’m never gonna see you again. Uncle Josh will never forget you.’

Yesterday afternoon a man in his 20s was also stabbed just two streets away. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.