Six white people including two boys aged 13 and 14 have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 14-year-old black boy was stabbed to death in the street of Birmingham, UK during a ‘gang fight’.
The boy was confirmed dead at the scene on College Road, Kingstanding, at about 19:30 BST on Monday.
West Midlands Police said a 13-year-old boy was detained in the Walsall area on Tuesday, June 1, and a 14-year-old boy was arrested from a vehicle in Cheshire. Four men, aged 33, 35, 36 and 38, have also been held, the force added.
Emergency services rushed to the scene near the McDonald’s College Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, at around 7.30pm on Monday in the aftermath of a large street fight.
It is thought that the schoolboy, who has not been identified, had previously been targeted by a gang at his school.
His family were about to report to police before he was fatally attacked.
Witnesses say he was playing football with friends then he was attacked as he made his way home.
The teenager was pronounced dead in the street from knife wounds despite the efforts of paramedics.
One mother, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It was carnage when I looked out my window, there were kids everywhere.
‘They were like a pack of feral animals the way they were swarming around him.
‘Apparently a gang of white lads just jumped him, I don’t know how many had knives but it is just terrifying. He was only a child.’
Detective Chief Inspector Stu Mobberley, who is leading the investigation, has since said: ‘We’ve made rapid progress in the investigation already and are following up a number of really strong lines of enquiry.
‘We know there tensions and emotions are high, and we’re aware that there is some speculation in the community that this was a racially motivated attack.
‘At the moment, there is nothing to suggest that this is a racially motivated attack.
‘What we do know is that this was appalling violence which has cost a young lad his life.
‘We still have witnesses to speak to, and I’d urge anyone with information to get in touch with us as quickly as possible so that we can arrest those involved in this appalling attack.’