Dulwich murder victim named – and Blue Renault hatchback in the area sought by police

Police have named the teenage victim of a murder in Dulwich on Wednesday – and are hoping someone can tell them about a blue Renault hatchback seen in the area around the time of the killing.

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses as the investigation into the stabbing in Dulwich continues.

Police were called at 6,30pm on Wednesday, 8 July, to reports of a stabbing on Seeley Drive, on the Kingswood Estate.

Officers and paramedics found the 18-year-old man suffering stab injuries.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services, including London’s Air Ambulance, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.03pm.

Although officers await formal identification, they believe that the deceased is Donnell Rhule, 18, from south-east London. Donnell’s next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination will be held at Greenwich Mortuary on 10 July.

Homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.

As this early stage, it is believed that the victim was attacked on Lyall Avenue before making his way to a parade of shops on Seeley Drive.

DCI Rob Pack, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “I would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the stabbing or who saw anyone leaving the scene. This is a generally quiet area, so I am certain that a number of people will have seen or heard something significant.

“I am also appealing to trace the driver of a blue Renault hatchback, possibly used as an Uber or other private hire vehicle, which picked up a passenger in Seeley Drive at around 6.30pm.”

Ch Supt Colin Wingrove, Commander of the Met’s Central South Command Unit, said: “I am saddened to hear of this tragic murder and our thoughts are with Donnell’s family, friends and the wider community. We are committed to bringing them the justice they deserve and we are supporting the Specialist Crime Command who lead the investigation.

“Our local safer neighbourhood officers will provide an increased policing presence in the coming days to provide reassurance and support. I urge anyone with any information about the events leading to this tragic loss of life to come forward and tell us.”

A teenager who died after being stabbed to death on the Kingwood Estate in Dulwich has been named as Donnell Rhule.  

The 18-year-old, from south-east London, was found in Seeley Drive just after 6.30pm on Wednesday (July 8).

Emergency services were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene 30 minutes later.  

Dulwich and West Norwood MP Helen Hayes urged people to contact Crimestoppers if they had any information.  

“Devastated that a young man was murdered on Kingswood Estate today, my thoughts with his family and friends.  

“I spoke with residents at the scene tonight [Thursday], so shocked and sad that this has happened in a very close community,” she said.  

Dulwich Wood ward Councillor Andy Simmons, who was on a call with the  tenants and residents association at the time, said he was “heartbroken” to hear the news.  

“Heartbroken to learn of the loss of a young man’s life following a stabbing on the Kingswood Estate last night whilst on a virtual call with the TRA.  

“Residents I spoke to when I visited the estate last night were completely devastated.  

“My thoughts are with his friends and family,” he said.  

Ward Cllr Catherine Ward said her “love goes out” to the victim’s mother.  

“Distressed to be in a virtual TRA call as a young man lost his life on the Kingswood Estate.  

“My love goes out to his mother. Thanks to Dulwich Wood Police, Andy Simmons, and Helen Hayes who visited last night.  

“Tragic loss within this loving, resilient community, the heart of our ward,” he said.  

Police are appealing for information and witnesses in the wake of the murder.  

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room via 101 quoting reference CAD 6306/8July.

Alternatively, to remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

+ If you are worried about someone you suspect may be carrying a knife or other weapon, advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and Fearless: www.fearless.org/

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