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Saturday 16 December 2017

15-year-old schoolgirl arrested over murder of teenage boy

A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the murder of a teenage boy.

Joshua Folkes, 17, known to friends as Money J, was stabbed to death in the early hours of yesterday morning outside a friend's home in Palmers Green, north London.

 

The girl was arrested in the Enfield area this morning and remains in custody at a north London police station.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, leading the investigation for the homicide and major crime command, said: "We are appealing to the local community about the murder of a boy who was loved by his family.

 

"His death has left them devastated. We are appealing to Josh's friends and the community to come forward and help us find his killers.

 

"Someone out there must know who is responsible for this murder."

 

Close friends of the victim left tributes at the murder scene yesterday and spoke of their grief.

 

Azra Valentino, 18, said: "He wasn't meant to go like this. We're all just shocked. When I see this, I can't believe it really. I'm just shaken up. I don't know what to do.

 

"Josh was the last person who you'd think would be on the news for a death or something, he wasn't like that. He got caught up in it."

 

Another of Joshua's closest friends, who did not want to be named, laid a pair of trainers and a jumper he had owned among the cards and flowers left at the scene.

 

"I ain't feeling good at all, I ain't feeling good at all," he said. "He was my best friend. He got stabbed. He lived with me here a little bit, he stayed with me here a couple of times."

 

The distraught friend described Joshua as "a good youth at heart" who loved music, particularly rapping.

 

"This made me realise what life is seriously really about," he said.

 

"I lost someone close to me. He had a lot of friends around here. Josh has got a lot of friends, this is what people don't know."

 

The murder investigation was launched after Joshua was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.26am yesterday.

Press Association

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