BOY, 15, KNIFED TO DEATH IN FACEBOOK ROW
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.
“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