Throughout the month of February, we’re telling the story of the 21 teenagers who were murdered in 2023. Our campaign, The 21, seeks to remember every victim as a young person with a family and their whole life ahead of them. We want to change the culture of kids carrying knives and becoming involved in violence.

This is the face of Max Moy Wheatley, a 19-year-old, who was stabbed to death in Petts Wood in 2023.

Name: Max Moy Wheatley

Age: 19

From: Orpington

Here is a timeline of events and everything we know so far about his death:

Wednesday, September 20:

Max Moy Wheatley was found injured in Jubilee Park near Tent Peg Lane at around 2.30pm.

The 19-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

Friday, September 22:

A post-mortem conducted on September 22 confirmed Max’s cause of death was a stab wound to the heart.

Thursday, September 28:

An urgent appeal was launched by Metropolitan Police of two individuals they were looking identify and locate in connection with the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Laura Semple, who led the investigation from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Command said: "Our investigation has already made good progress in piecing together the events that led to the attack on Max, and we are now in a position to ask the public for their help in identifying these two males."

Friday, September 29:

Two men, aged 19 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of murder on September 29 following a police appeal.

Sunday, October 1:

Two teens from Bellingham were charged with Max's murder. 

Billy Jay Benton, 18, of Playgreen Way, Bellingham, SE6 was charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Arvie-Ray Mehmet, 19, of Arnulf Street, Bellingham, SE6 was charged with murder.

The pair were charged and were scheduled to appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on October 2.

Newsquest London does not have information on any further developments on this case.