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Violent Killings Are On The Rise In London

London police are investigating more murders in the last two months than New York cops. Stabbings are largely fueling the increase, but there have been shootings too.

Eighteen-year-old Israel "Izzy" Ogunsola loved soccer and studied computer programming. On Wednesday, he cycled away from his home in Hackney, northeast London. At 8 p.m., he was stabbed. He staggered toward police officers but bled to death near a railway bridge as the police, paramedics and a trauma doctor tried to save him.

Police later arrested two 17-year-old boys on suspicion of murder.

Ogunsola became London's 55th murder victim this.

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