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Boy, 16, ‘hunted and stabbed’ in double murder – with heartbroken mum visiting scene where he was killed every day

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A DEVARATED mother has every day attended the scene where her teenage son was chased and stabbed in a double homicide, neighbors say.

Charlie Bartolo, 16, was stabbed just a mile from where Kearne Solanke, also 16, was killed in south-east London on Saturday night.

Police have confirmed the stabbings are linked to a 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of their murders.

Charlie’s heartbroken mother collapsed from grief at the scene of the crime in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood on Sunday.

A woman who lives near the scene of the crime claimed police officers told her the boy ran off his motorcycle, chased, kicked and was stabbed four times.

She said she knows Charlie, whom she described as a “lovely little kid” around the age of 12.

The woman, who asked to be named, said: “It’s brutal, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy, it’s disgusting.

“Police said he (Charlie) was riding his bike and someone hit him, he tried to get up and run away and they kicked him and stabbed him four times.

“It’s one thing to run someone off their bike, but then kicking and stabbing them is disgusting.

“There’s always kids going up and down this road, it’s a long way, so it’s a good way on a motorbike. So yeah, he might have come around here, he lives nearby.

“Bless him, he had his whole life ahead of him.

“My neighbors found him, they’re traumatized, they haven’t slept.”

Horrified witnesses to the stabbing in Abbey Wood watched as paramedics rushed to help Charlie, but he could not be saved.

A Good Samaritan took care of the victim’s devastated mother after seeing her collapse.

The neighbor said that Charlie’s grieving mother has been visiting the crime scene every day since.

She added: “She came here a couple of times yesterday, people came every day to lay flowers.

“I hope they catch someone just for justice for both of their mothers and their families who have lost their children for so long.

“I knew Charlie four or five years ago, that was the last time I saw him.

“He was a lovely little kid, really nice, really polite.”

Meanwhile, Kearne Solanke was stabbed just a mile away on Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead – police were alerted just after 5pm.

A heartbreaking picture shows the teenager beaming with his 16th birthday cake just months before he was killed in the double stitch.

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