Distraught parents had to be held back by police as they tried to reach their son’s lifeless body as it lay under a tarpaulin in the rain.
Witnesses said Nedim Bilgin, 17, was repeatedly stabbed with a large ‘Rambo-style’ knife when a fight broke out on Tuesday evening after a row with a gang.
Wounded Nedim – who was just a few hundred yards from his home in Islington, North London – tried to stagger into a nearby shop before collapsing to the pavement.
Andrea Alexander said: ‘Before the ambulance arrived there were three men trying to save his life, and his friends ran to his house to get his mum, who arrived soon after.’
A police officer lunges after a man - described by eye-witnesses as the young victim's father - after he ducked under police tape to reach the covered body of Nedim Bilgin
Nedim Bilgin's distraught parents were back by police after arriving shortly after his murder
Nedim's mother Remziye (pictured centre) at the scene in Islington this morning where her son was killed last night
Ben Lynch, 18, a lifeguard who gave first aid to Nedim, told the London Evening Standard: ‘I was at a bar across the road and heard a bunch of people screaming.
I sprinted across the road and saw blood all over the pavement and this boy bleeding out. I lifted up his shirt and started pressing down. I tried giving him CPR. I did as much as I could to help him.’
Police confirmed Nedim was stabbed several times and that two knives were later recovered from the scene.
Witness Christopher Chambers-Russell saw Nedim’s mother and father arrive just over an hour after the stabbing outside a Ladbrokes bookmakers, and duck under the police tape cordon around their son’s body.
‘Nobody but a mother could cry the way she was,’ he said. ‘It was heartbreaking.
'A man I thought was his father pushed under the tape then the mother followed before they were stopped by police.
'The young guy’s body was just lying in the street under a sheet outside the shops, and they were wailing as they tried to get to him.’
Three teens, aged 16, 17 and 18, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Nedim is the second teenager, and eighth person, to be killed in the capital since the early hours of January 1 this year.
Emergency services in Islington responding to the stabbing on Tuesday night
Police said Nedim was pronounced dead at the scene. Pictured: Police at the scene
Forensic specialists at work in Islington, north London, yesterday investigating the killing
Police at the scene today, where it is thought two knives were discarded after the attack
Police closed off the road and have arrested three teenagers aged 16 17 and 18 over the attack
Nedim, who was out riding his bike, was set upon and stabbed with a giant 'Zombie' knife outside a betting shop he was passing, where flowers were laid for him today
The 17-year-old Londoner's friends visited the scene in Caledonian Road, Islington, where he was murdered
Nedim’s father, Nusret, said he had been told his son was stabbed with ‘a big knife’ through his chest. ‘He’s my lovely boy, my baby,’ he said. ‘I got a missed call last night at about 7pm from his mum, she said something really bad has happened to him and he’s been killed.
‘Nedim doesn’t listen to me and he didn’t listen to his mum. He had some terrible friends who were always problems – fighting and things. He was my baby.’
While it was initially believed the stabbing came after Nedim refused to hand over his bike to muggers, police are now looking into whether it was gang-related.
A friend of Nedim’s insisted he was not involved in gangs. He said: ‘He was a sweet guy, very popular in the area. There are gangs about but he was never part of one.’
Nedim died on Caledonian Road, just yards from where teenager Alan Cartwright was murdered for his bike in 2015.
Nedim has become the eighth person to have been killed in the capital city so far this year