Three youths hunted after schoolboy stabbed

Last updated at 08:33 24 June 2004

Police are hunting three youths in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in a suspected street robbery.

Kieran Rodney-Davis was on a shopping errand for his mother when he was murdered close to Hurlingham and Chelsea School in Fulham, West London.

He was stabbed in the chest and died in hospital shortly after.

Three youths were seen running away after

the attack, at around 2.45pm yesterday. It is understood they were trying to steal the youngster's mobile phone.

Detectives have questioned a 16-year-old girl in connection with the inquiry. The girl was not arrested but was treated as a witness, police said.

In shock

Kieran's devastated mother Antoinette Rodney, 37, said: "I'm waiting for him to walk through the door. I'm still in shock. He was A1, the perfect son."

Mrs Rodney and Kieran lived alone in a council flat, their home of 14 years, just yards from where he was stabbed.

She had kept Kieran off school because he had an upset stomach and his new teeth braces were hurting.

Surrounded by cards and flowers from neighbours, Mrs Rodney told how a normal day turned to tragedy for her family.

"He was in bed all day. He was off school because he had a stomach upset and the new braces were rubbing him. He said he was fed up and got dressed," she said. "He wanted some computer discs so I sent him out to get some Bonjela for his mouth and the discs."

Mrs Rodney said she believed her son had visited the PC World store nearby and was on his way back home when he was attacked.

"About 20 minutes later his friend buzzed me on the intercom and said, 'Kieran's round the back on the floor'," she said. "I thought they were mucking about."

Son was already dead

But Kieran's friend rang the intercom again and Mrs Rodney decided to follow them to the scene.

She continued: "I couldn't see anything. His friend said he'd gone in the ambulance and had all blood on him. That's when I got scared. I knew it was going to be critical."

Mrs Rodney returned home and began ringing round his friends before police arrived to take her and Kieran's father, Paul Davis, to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

But their son was already dead when they arrived.

"When they took us into a room I knew he was dead by that time," Mrs Rodney said. "I went blank after that. I'm in total shock."

Mrs Rodney, who is separated from Kieran's father, said police officers told her they thought it was a robbery.

"They just kept saying an alleged robbery, he's got a mobile telephone, he always has it with him, but no-one has given it us back. It was under £50. It was not even one you can send messages down the line on."

'Always helping people'

Kieran had turned 15 only two weeks ago and was keen on computers and playing football.

A trophy he had won playing for the local football team sat on the mantelpiece with his picture on top.

The teenager was a pupil at Phoenix High School in Shepherds Bush, studying GCSEs and doing a media studies course.

Mrs Rodney added: "It's all wrong. He was only 15 years old. He's never been in trouble before. He was never in a group and always helping people and helping his gran go shopping and then this happens."

She said Kieran's father was devastated by the loss. "He's distraught. I think he's just walking round the streets. We're all in shock. Whatever the police do it's not going to bring my son back."

A makeshift tribute to Kieran, cards and flowers lay on the road where he was stabbed.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Little, heading the investigation, said: "At this early stage we believe this may have been a robbery which turned into the tragic murder of a teenager.

"We have received the full assistance of the community but need further help from the public to track down those responsible."

Police said the group of youths who fled the scene were all believed to be around 15-years-old and were all wearing balaclavas or bandana-style scarves over their faces.

The suspects were thought to have fled on foot along Daisy Lane, on to Peterborough Road and towards Wandsworth Bridge.

An incident room has now been set up at Barnes. Anyone with information should ring 020 8247 7821 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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