Case: Teenager stabbed to death in stairwell: Edvin Johnson
Victim
Name:
Edvin Johnson
Gender:
Male
Date:
2007-09-16
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Teenage Victim
Case synopsis:

Edvin Johnson, 19, was stabbed to death in the stairwell of a block of flats in Camberwell on Sunday 16 September 2007.

The teenager was a few days away from starting a course in business studies at Southampton University when he was attacked at Barnet House on the Crawford Estate at around 9pm.

Detectives believe five youths out of a group of 12 on the estate that evening took part in the assault on Edvin and another man. Neither victim is thought to have been the intended target.

Edvin suffered a single wound to his groin and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

A £20,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible.

Three knives were recovered from the area and one of them had Edvin's blood on it.

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Deadly: The three knives recovered from the murder scene

It is hoped someone will recognise the distinctive stainless steel blades and come forward to help police.

Launching a new appeal on the tenth anniversary of the murder, DI Justin Howick of the Met's Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "Ten years have passed since Edvin's murder and despite an extensive police investigation and several arrests, to date we have not been able to bring the perpetrator to justice. I am convinced that there were people on the Crawford Estate on the night of the murder who saw what happened but didn't feel able to speak with police at the time.

"Today I would like to renew the appeal for those witnesses to speak to me in confidence, in the hope that they will now feel able to tell me what they saw, so that I can bring Edvin's murderer to justice and bring some sense of closure to Edvin's family.

"I would also urge anyone with information, particularly anyone who remembers two silver handled kitchen knives from the same set going missing in September 2007 to contact the incident room on 020 7230 4424, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Edvin's mother Genevive Johnson, said: "Edvin was a wonderful young man. He was looking forward to starting his life in the University of Southampton. On that day the call came through and a voice on the other end said "Aunty, come quickly". I rushed to the next building in the compound where we lived. I climbed up the stairs to find my son lying in a pool of blood. We are asking someone, please, to search their conscience; to listen to that still, small voice inside and to come forward and speak out, to help us make that closure."

A total of 16 suspects had been arrested in connection with the investigation. None have been charged.

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