A 17-year-old boy, shot near his home in Kennington, South London, died minutes after being found.

The victim who was described by his mother as a “handsome boy with a lot of potential”, cannot be named because of legal matters.

Pretana Morgan, the mother of the boy, paid tribute to her son the day after the shooting. Speaking near her house on Brandon Estate, she said, she couldn’t ask for a better son.

Armed police responded to reports of a shooting on Cooks Road around 6pm on Saturday 5th May. They found the 17-year-old boy injured, on the ground, at nearby Warham Street. Medics from London’s Ambulance and Air Ambulance departments gave first aid as fast as possible, but despite their fast response to the situation, the boy was pronounced dead minutes before 7pm on the same evening.

The mother said her son was trying to make a difference in his life, by learning how to work with young children. “My son’s a good boy,” said Morgan.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police remained on the scene, with police tape surrounding the area, until the next day. Detectives and the Major Crime Command Force are investigating and are asking for help from witnesses; however no one has been arrested yet.

The crime rates in the Capital have risen during the last few years and the death of this young boy is the latest in the spate of violent crimes. Just this year the police has investigated more than 60 apparent murders.

Drastic changes need to be in made in the system to make sure that we completely eliminate these types of crimes taking the lives of youth living in London.

All the members of the 17-year-old boy’s family are simply asking for answers and to find out, who took the life of their family member.

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