BOY, 15, KNIFED TO DEATH IN FACE­BOOK ROW

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

A TEENAGE boy has died af­ter he was stabbed in a park – in a row about FACE­BOOK.

The 15-year-old school­boy, Has­san Mah­mood, died af­ter be­ing at­tacked in a park in the Yard­ley area of Birm­ing­ham on Mon­day night.

Two 16-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old have been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der.

Dozens of mes­sages of con­do­lence were posted on a me­mo­rial site set up for Has­san.

One read: “It’s pa­thetic if what I’ve just read from one of the close friends to this young lad’s un­cle...who says the young lad was mur­dered due to an ar­gu­ment over Face­book. I think th­ese so­cial web­sites need to be banned.”

And Adnan Khan added: “He was my mate’s nephew. Ap­par­ently it was over an ar­gu­ment that broke out on FB. May God bless him.”

Has­san’s un­cle Sa­jid Ramzan said: “He was in the park with his friends and had a fight with a kid.

“The kid then pulled a knife out on him and stabbed him.

“He was with his friends who called the am­bu­lance, but sadly he passed away.

Ru­mours

“I’ve heard ru­mours that an ar­gu­ment started over Face­book and that’s what the fight was about.

“We are all absolutely dev­as­tated. His par­ents are al­most un­con­scious with grief. It has com­pletely dev­as­tated the whole fam­ily.

“He was a good kid. He en­joyed keep­ing fit, go­ing to the gym, he was very healthy. We just can­not be­lieve it, you just don’t ex­pect a per­son to pull a knife.”

A spokesper­son for West Mid­lands Po­lice said: “Of­fi­cers were called by the am­bu­lance ser­vice at 5.55pm yes­ter­day to Wash Lane in south Yard­ley to re­ports of a teenager be­ing stabbed.

“Po­lice raced to the scene and cor­doned off a large area near Oak­lands Park as the boy was taken to hos­pi­tal where medics bat­tled to save him.

“De­spite their best ef­forts, the boy died a short time later.

“A post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion will take place in due course. The lad’s fam­ily are be­ing sup­ported by spe­cial­ist fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cers.” The four teenagers, all from Birm­ing­ham, were ar­rested nearby by of­fi­cers who flooded the area. They are be­ing held at po­lice sta­tions across the city.

Spe­cial­ist foren­sic scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors scoured the area for clues while lo­cal of­fi­cers con­ducted house-to­house en­quiries and spoke to peo­ple who were in the park at the time of the stab­bing.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Tom Chisholm said: “This was a tragic in­ci­dent and our deep­est con­do­lences go out to the fam­ily.

“We have a team of de­tec­tives work­ing with lo­cal of­fi­cers to gain an un­der­stand­ing of what hap­pened.

“There is some sug­ges­tion that this was a fight which has trag­i­cally gone too far.

“I would ask that peo­ple who were in the park or any­one else with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact us im­me­di­ately.”

Has­san’s head­teacher So­hail As­lam, from the Righ-track In­de­pen­dent School in Salt­ley, added: “The whole school is very up­set. He was a very re­spect­ful and well­be­haved young man.”

TRIB­UTE: A bal­loon at the scene of the stab­bing

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