A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in a planned attack by suspected rival gang members as he arrived at school.
Zac Olumegbon, from Brixton Hill, south London, was ambushed by four young men at the gates of Park Campus School in nearby West Norwood.
Four people were arrested in connection with the incident, in which a second teenager, believed to be 14 years old, was also stabbed in the arm.
A local shopkeeper described how Zac fell into the arms of a teacher after the attack. Saima Sadfdar, who runs a convenience shop, said: “She had her hands open but it was too late and he collapsed in her arms.”
Police believe four black males arrived in a car before the attack and a confrontation took place outside the school involving the two victims and the suspects.
The teenage boys were chased into Gipsy Road Gardens, where Zac was repeatedly stabbed.
His 14-year-old companion then ran back to the school to seek safety but was attacked in the grounds of the school.
Police, London Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance attended the scene at 8.50am, where they found Zac suffering multiple stab wounds.
He was taken to a south London hospital and confirmed dead shortly after arrival. His companion was also taken to a south London hospital, suffering minor injuries. Witnesses said the attackers were waiting in the car, which was parked close to the school for youngsters excluded from mainstream education.
Police said a fifth person was later arrested in connection with the murder and is being held in custody.