A 14-year-old boy from Nottingham who was stabbed to death in London has been named by police as Jayden Moodie.
The teenager was riding a moped in Leyton on Tuesday evening (January 8) when he was hit by a car in what detectives say was part of a targeted attack.
Police say three men then got out of the vehicle and stabbed him before driving off. No arrests have been made.
Jayden had recently moved to the area from Gedling with his mother. He was found wounded in Bickley Road, Leyton, Waltham Forest, on Tuesday.
Police and paramedics were called but he died just after 7pm.
The black Mercedes B Class involved was recovered in the Carlisle Road area of Leyton on Wednesday and is being forensically examined.
14-year-old Jayden Moodie was tragically murdered on Tuesday evening – a Gedling constituent until 6 months ago when he moved with his mum to London – I asked the leader of the house for urgent government attention to be given to youth violence. pic.twitter.com/XSPeGayJDT
— Vernon Coaker (@Vernon_Coaker) January 10, 2019
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Soole, from the Met Police Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “We are treating the recovery of the car as a significant development in our enquiries, which are still very much in their early stages.
“Jayden’s family are being fully supported and kept updated by our team. This is a truly heartbreaking time for them and we are doing everything we can to find out who was responsible for Jayden’s death.
“I would urge anyone who has information about those responsible but who has not yet made contact with police to do so straight away.”
Officers said on Wednesday Jayden’s murder had left people “shocked and appalled”.
The teenager is the youngest victim of murder in a rise in London violence stretching back more than year.
Gedling Labour MP Vernon Coaker confirmed Jayden had left his constituency only six months ago.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday (January 9) more needed to be done to cut violent crime.
He said: “Jayden Moodie’s murder has shocked us all and I think the country would expect this house to actually reflect on what we’re actually going to do about the fact that a 14-year-old boy has been brutally murdered on our streets.”
He called for an update on efforts to tackle youth violence from Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
On Wednesday Mr Javid tweeted: “Serious violence remains a top priority. My multi-agency taskforce today heard from Red Thread who do vital intervention work with young knife crime victims. We all need to focus our efforts on stopping this senseless violence.”