London violence: Peter Petrou’s family ‘devastated’ after second murder

London violence: Peter Petrou's family 'devastated' after second murder

Peter Petrou

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Police believe Peter Petrou was stabbed following a fight near a McDonald’s in Kilburn, north west London

The killing of man found stabbed to death outside a McDonald’s in London was the second murder his family has had to go through.

Peter Petrou’s sister Tracy Meade was murdered nearly 30 years ago and there have been no convictions in the case.

Mr Petrou, 37, was one of seven people killed in as many days in the capital last week.

Detectives have yet to make any arrests after he died in Kilburn last Thursday.

One of Mr Petrou’s other sisters, Emma, said that his family are “deeply devastated”.

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Jahreau Shepherd had a 6-2 win record as a professional Mixed Martial Arts welterweight and was killed in Kennington

“We cannot begin to imagine how we are going to cope with this type of tragedy again especially if the perpetrator is not caught,” Emma said.

“Peter was much loved by his large family and many friends. He was the life and soul of everything and the void he has left will be hard to fill.”

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(From left to right) Dean Edwards, Ahmed Yasin-Ali and Billy McCullagh were all killed in London within the space of four days

Mr Petrou was attacked in Victoria Road, off Kilburn High Road and his body was found next to a McDonald’s restaurant.

Six hours after his killing, another man also aged in his 30s, was driven to hospital with stab injuries he sustained during a fight in Lytton Avenue, Enfield.

He died from his injuries in hospital and police in London launched their seventh murder investigation in as many days.

With far fewer people on the streets and pubs and bars closed, crime rates initially plummeted as the country went into lockdown.

In the two four-week periods from mid-March to mid-May police across England and Wales recorded reductions of 28% and 25%, compared with last year.

Since then however, as restrictions have eased the decline has slowed to 18% and 14%.

And in London, there’s been little let up for the murder investigation teams with over two killings every week.

Although May was a quieter month, 19 people died during a six-week period in June and July, six of whom had been shot.

That’s double the number of fatal shootings in the capital for the rest of the year combined.

A week earlier, on Friday 10 July, Muhammed Samir Uddin, 19, was fatally stabbed outside Crossharbour DLR station in Poplar.

The following day Mixed Martial Arts champion Jahreau Shepherd was fatally stabbed at his 30th birthday party on the Black Prince Estate, Kennington.

In the early hours of Sunday 12 July Dean Edwards, 43, was shot in the back of the head as he returned from a pub in Penge.

Then last Tuesday Ahmed Yasin-Ali, 18, was stabbed to death in a car park by Maida Hill. The following day 27-year-old Billy McCullagh was shot dead in Harlesden.

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