A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of 15-year-old Elianne Andam, who was stabbed to death in Croydon.
The young man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
He has been charged with murder and possession of a knife after Elianne Andam was fatally stabbed in Wellesley Road while on her way to the Old Palace of John Whitgift School, a private girls’ school in Croydon.
Elianne, whom her devastated family described on Thursday as the “light of their lives”, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Relatives visited the spot where he died on Thursday night as a crowd gathered outside the police cordon and prayed.
Police received reports of an attack at 8.30am and arrested the suspect in New Addington about 75 minutes later.
Scotland Yard said a knife was recovered in Cedar Road, Croydon, on Thursday.