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Teen victim of Archway murder named as Romario Opia

The teenager died after stabbing yesterday (Monday) in Holland Walk

25 January, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Forensics at the scene yesterday evening

The police launched a murder investigation yesterday (Monday) after Romario Opia, 16, was stabbed to death in Archway.

An air ambulance, police and emergency services attended the scene in Holland Walk at around 5.30pm. Romario was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin has been informed and is being supported by specialist officers.

One male, 16, who was arrested on suspicion of affray, has been released with no further action. Police enquiries continue.

A police cordon remains in place

Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, Commander of the Central North unit, said: “A young person’s life has been taken and our thoughts are with his family and friends who have lost someone very special to them.

“I know our community will be shocked and upset by this incident. Our officers share your sadness, and we have a team dedicated to tracking down those who committed this.

“Detectives from our specialist crime command will be making extensive enquiries and I would ask anyone who does know something to come forward and share that information.”

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who leads the investigation, said: “My officers and I are committed to finding those responsible and bringing them to justice. There are people out there who know what happened last night, and I want them to come forward.

“In particular, I’d like anyone with mobile phone footage of the incident to share that with us. Please get in touch with us, or anonymously with Crimestoppers, and help us track down those who did this.”

Islington town hall leader Cllr Richard Watts said: “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic death of a teenage boy following a stabbing in Islington.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with the young person’s family and friends at this very distressing time. The impact of this death will be deeply felt by very many people across Islington, and we will do everything we can to support them.

Anyone who witnessed the initial assault or who knows anything about what happened is urged to call 101 or tweet @MetCC, quoting CAD 4987/25JAN.

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Fearless: https://www.fearless.org/ and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free: https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/

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