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Mum loses third son to London street violence

PICTURED: David Bello-Monerville

A MOTHER has lost a third son due to street violence after he was stabbed to death in Barnet.

David Bello-Monerville, 38, was attacked as a fight took place on Welbeck Road.

The two other men - aged 25 and 34 – were also stabbed and taken to hospital for treatment; their injuries are not being treated as life threatening.

Bello-Monerville’s brother Joseph Burke-Monerville, 19, was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting six years ago. David had been with his twin brothers Joseph and Jonathan at the time of the shooting and suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. Another of the seven brothers, Trevor Monerville, 26, was fatally stabbed in Hackney in 1994.

Police believe Joseph’s death was a case of mistaken identity.

The Evening Standard reported that the man’s mother rushed to the scene of David’s stabbing shouting: “Not another son!”

David’s father, John Burke-Monerville, told the Evening Standard that the family were grieving and could not speak to the press at the moment.

Another family member told the paper: “We just need justice, we’ve already been through enough. We’re all still in shock.”

David, a father-of-two, has been described by those who knew him as a “good, straight up guy and loyal friend”.

Police investigating David’s death have arrested a 27-year-old man.

Nathan Harewood has today been charged with aggravated burglary.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the attack to come forward.

Supt Tim Alexander, North West Command Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this very difficult time. This is such a tragic loss of life and we urge anyone with information to come forward.

“The information you provide can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime."

Speaking in 2017 after the charges against three men accused of Joseph’s murder were dropped, Linda Burke-Monerville said: “I’m appealing to these mothers to help us get justice. None of my children were ever involved with gangs – we brought them up in the church and they have Christian values about right and wrong.”

Just seven months before the shooting, Joseph and Jonathan had returned to London to study forensic science at London Metropolitan University after spending more than five years in Nigeria. Their parents had been sent them to their birth country in order to prevent them from getting involved in gang violence.

Anyone with information about David’s murder is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or police via 101 reference CAD 8638/18June.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online via

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