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A relative of a young boy stabbed to death on his way to school says teens are dying in a "pandemic of violence" that is being ignored.
Jalan Woods-Bell, 15, died after he was knifed near the Global Academy secondary school in Hayes, west London, shortly after 8.30am on Friday.
He is the 16th teen to be killed in London this year, with the 2021 toll already surpassing that of 2020, when there were 15 teen victims.
A 15-year-old boy charged with Jalan's murder was remanded in custody when he appeared in court on Saturday.
John Jackson, a relative of Jalan's family, told the Sunday Times: "We have a pandemic of violence that is not being treated like a pandemic.
Jalan Woods-Bell, 15, died after he was knifed near the Global Academy secondary school
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"As long as it stays in inner cities and urban areas then it is not being seen as a problem that needs to be tackled. There is a feeling the victims are not actually being seen as victims but have done something to deserve it.
"Unless we do something there are many innocent people being caught up in it and their stories aren't being told."
Brits need to stop treating the violence as if it's something that "just happens", he added.
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Forensic officers investigate the fatal stabbing of Jalan Woods-Bell, 15, in Hayes
Mr Jackson, a physics teacher and pastor in Wolverhampton, said he rushed to London to comfort Jalan's father, Jairzinho Bell, following the stabbing death.
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of a fight close to Global Academy – a college for students aged 14-19 – just before 8.35am on Friday.
Jalan was found with stab injuries and died at the scene.
Mr Jackson, the father of a 17-year-old boy, described Jalan as a "typical teenager".
Jalan was on his way to school when he was stabbed, said Mr Jackson.
These are some of the other teens who have lost their lives to violence in Britain in recent weeks.
Teen stabbed in Streatham
Denardo Samuels-Brooks, 17, was stabbed to death last week
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In a span of just 24 hours over Thursday and Friday, Jalan and another teen were killed and three other people were injured in five separate stabbings in London.
In Streatham, south-west London, Denardo Samuels-Brooks, 17, was stabbed to death at about 4pm on Thursday.
Five people have been charged with murder after 11 were arrested.
Those charged with murder are Andre Headley, 18, Umar Salami, 18, Denzel Kwatng, 19, and two 17-year-old boys.
Two 16-year-old females have been bailed until a date in late June pending further enquiries.
Four other teenagers – a 15-year-old male, a 16-year-old male, a 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old man have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
A 17-year-old male, who was arrested on Friday on suspicion of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to this incident, remained in custody on Saturday.
Fatal shooting in Crouch Hill
Taylor Cox, 19, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head in Crouch Hill, north London, just after 4.20pm last Tuesday.
Police and paramedics were called to reports of shots fired, and found the injured teen, who was from Barnet, in a street.
He taken to hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
The Met Police said Jaden McGibbon has been charged with murder.
Boy stabbed to death outside school
Humza Hussain, 16, "was a much-loved son, grandson and brother"
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Humza Hussain, 16, was stabbed to death outside Challney High School for Boys in Luton, Bedfordshire, at about 4pm last Tuesday.
A teenage boy was arrested on suspicion of murder and was in hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.
A second teenage boy, arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, was released on bail.
In a statement, Humza's family said: “We are extremely saddened and heartbroken at the passing of Humza. He was a young boy with his whole life ahead of him, and this should never have happened.
“He was a much-loved son, grandson and brother and it is a very sad loss for us as a family.
“We would ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time.”
Teen knifed to death after being 'chased'
Dea-John Reid, 14, devastated family have called for an end to knife crime
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Dea-John Reid, 14, was stabbed to death in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham at about 7.30pm on May 31.
Witnesses claim he was chased before he was knifed outside a shop.
Police said a post-mortem examination confirmed Dea-John died from a stab wound to the chest.
Dea-John’s family previously paid tribute to the “incredibly talented” teenager and called for an end to knife crime, saying: “How many more mothers will have to mourn for their sons for this to stop?”
Three teenage boys – two aged 14 and one aged 16 – and Michael Shields, 35, and George Khan, 38, have been charged with murder.
Boy stabbed to death in Corby
Rayon Pennycook, 16, "will live on in our hearts forever", his family say
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Rayon Pennycook, 16, was stabbed to death in a street in Corby, Northamptonshire, on May 25.
His family described him as "a wonderful son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.
They added: "Just like so many people close to Rayon, we are devastated that he has been taken from us, and every day we live with the pain and feelings of loss as Rayon was such a big part of our lives.
"He will live on in our hearts forever."
A 17-year-old boy was charged with murder.
Four other teens – aged 15, 16 and two who are 17 – were arrested on suspicion of murder and have been bailed pending further police inquiries.