A TEENAGER has been knifed to death just five minutes’ walk from Prince George’s school.
Lajean Richards, 19, was repeatedly stabbed in a car park last night outside a block of flats on the Surrey Lane Estate in Battersea, London, where he lived with his mum and 14-year-old sister.
A witness said he heard screaming and saw a group of youths near the scene at around the time Mr Richards was attacked — just 500 yards from £17,000-a-year Thomas’ Battersea school, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, Prince George, is a pupil.
Police and paramedics were called at around 7.52pm, and medics performed surgery in the street, but Mr Richards was pronounced dead at the scene 40 minutes later.
The teenager’s mother Lavern Joseph today paid tribute to her son, who died while being carried to their family home following the attack.
She said: ‘Lajean was a loving son and brother, a young man determined to turn his life around.
‘He will be sorely grieved by his family and friends and all that knew him.’
Mr Richards worked as a delivery driver for his local pizza takeaway and planned to return to college after a stint in jail.
A close friend of the family said Mr Richards was turning his life around after a criminal past. He added: ‘He just wanted to support his family and look after his little sister.’
Local resident Wendy Sgamma, 40, who moved to the area from her native South Africa four years ago, said: ‘The royal family chose this area because it was safe.
‘It is just unbelievable something like this would happen here. I chose this area because it was safe. If there’s a problem on the estates it would have been on the other side of the main road.
‘It’s like it’s encroaching on the nice part of Battersea.’
Mr Richards is the third teenager to be stabbed to death in London this year.
Police said two men, aged 19 and 27, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.