The manager of a pub on a busy Notting Hill street says his customers were in shock after they saw a young man dying in front of them.
Regulars of the Earl of Lonsdale were in tears after they saw pools of blood on nearby Portobello Road yesterday (Sunday July 3) evening.
Police, who have have launched a murder investigation, have said a 16-year-old boy died at the scene. He has been named locally as student Fola Orebiyi and messages have been left at the scene in tribute to him .
Daniel Bromley said there was an awful atmosphere within the pub when regulars saw the teen with a severe neck wound, and it worsened when they learned how young the victim was.
He said: “We had some regulars come in and they were really upset. They saw the guy on the floor. They were traumatised.
“They saw the guy on the floor with blood coming out of his neck.
“I went outside to help but by that time the ambulance was there. The area was closed off and the road didn’t reopen until about 7am today (Monday) .
“Afterwards the atmosphere was awful. Everyone was talking about it. When we found out it was a young lad obviously everyone was very upset.”
Other people from the area also spoke of their shock at the death.
One nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I’m so shocked. I came back this morning from morning prayer and there were police everywhere. I thought this was a safe place.”
Another, who did not give his name, added: “There was blood all over the pavement, there was blood everywhere. They must have jet washed it off.”
The teen is believed to have collapsed and died outside La Cave a Fromage. A member of staff added: “It’s not the kind of neighbourhood where you expect this.”
Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance tried to resuscitate the stab victim at around 8.45pm but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.
No arrests have been made.