Leader of Waltham Forest Council, Clare Coghill, said: “The death of a child is a loss that no parent or family should ever have to face. Our thoughts are with all of the victim’s family and friends at this difficult time.
“This is a tragedy that will be felt right across our borough in all our communities. These senseless acts of violence must end.
“The murder of a 14-year-old boy is an appalling act and we must come together as a community to bring those responsible to justice.
“There will be members of our community who know, or suspect that they know, what happened to this child. You need to come forward; to stay silent is to support murderers.
“The police cannot tackle the violence on our streets alone. Everyone has a role to play in fighting crime and bringing those responsible to justice. Without information these murderers will be free to do this again.
“Residents in the local area where this attack took place will see an increased presence from Waltham Forest Council officers as well as those from the Metropolitan Police in the coming days.
“Please call the Metropolitan Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information."