Father’s tribute after 17-year-old son Michael Jonas murdered in Penge

PUBLISHED: 09:25 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:32 06 November 2017

Michael Jonas was stabbed to death in Betts Park on Thursday, November 2

Michael Jonas was stabbed to death in Betts Park on Thursday, November 2


The teenager was stabbed to death in Betts Park

The father of murdered 17-year-old Michael Jonas has made a moving tribute following his son’s death last week.

Officers were called to Betts Park in Penge on Thursday where they discovered the teenager with multiple stab wounds.

Despite attempts to deliver first aid from police as well as London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance, Michael was pronounced dead just after 8.15pm.

A post-mortem examination conducted on Friday, November 3 at the Princess Royal University Hospital confirmed the cause of death as stab wounds to the chest and haemorrhage.

On Facebook his father, Michael Jonas senior, wrote: “RIP son daddy was on his way but didn’t get there in time.

“We will never get to do what we had planned.

“Son you died the same place you were born the same park I took you to ride your bike and watch you play.”

The teenager’s death came less than two weeks after his 17th birthday, on October 20.

A 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of the murder has been released without charge after being held at a south London police station.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command continue to investigate.

A spokesperson from Met Police said: “Anyone with information about this incident should call the incident room on 020 8721 4843 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.”

A fundraising page has been set up to cover the cost of Michael’s funeral, with his godmother, Abigail Browne, writing: “Michael lost his life in the park where he’d spent many happy hours with his family and friends over the years.”

The fundraising page is available to visit here.

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