Family pay tribute to girl, 17, stabbed to death in London

Family pay tribute to girl, 17, stabbed to death in London

A teenager stabbed to death outside a block of flats has been described as ‘joyful and beautiful’ by her heartbroken family who said she could ‘put a smile on everyone’s face.’

Katerina Makunova, 17, became the latest victim of London‘s knife crime epidemic when she was found with stab wounds by a ground floor lift in a property in Brisbane Street, Camberwell.

Residents gave her first aid following the attack shortly after midday on Thursday, and she was treated at the scene by paramedics, but she died less than an hour later.

The stabbing is believed to be the 82nd homicide investigation to be launched in London so far this year.

Her brother Julius Makuna, 21, today paid tribute to Katerina Makunova calling her ‘loving and ambitious’

Ms Makunova, who lived with her brother in Forest Hill, south-east London, was said to be visiting a friend at the flats when she was attacked

Her brother Julius Makuna, 21, today paid tribute to Ms Makunova calling her ‘loving and ambitious.’

He told the Evening Standard: ‘She was a hardworking, confident and joyful girl.

‘She could walk into the room and put a smile on everyone’s face.’

Ms Makunova, who lived with her brother in Forest Hill, south-east London, was said to be visiting a friend at the flats when she was attacked.

Her brother added: ‘She was just a young girl who wanted to be a beautician and humanitarian. 

‘For her, wanting to be a beautician was because she wanted to make everyone feel beautiful.’ 

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