The teenager found stabbed to death in Coventry on Wednesday night has been formally identified – as our detectives arrest a teenager on suspicion of murder.
His name is Babacar Diagne and he was just 15-years-old. He was living in Coventry at the time but was previously residing in Sutton Coldfield.
It’s understood Babacar was attacked by three black males who arrived at the murder scene on pedal cycles. The reason behind the attack is not clear but homicide detectives are working on a number of possible motives.
They have already completed local enquiries and spoken to several witnesses. CCTV has been seized for examination and work continues to sift through the many hours of footage in the hope the killers will have been caught on camera.
Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths from our Homicide Unit is leading the investigation. He said: “We have a team of officers working solely on this enquiry. There is lots of work going on behind the scenes to understand exactly what happened and who is responsible.
“We have arrested one boy on suspicion of murder but we believe two others were directly involved in the attack that resulted in Babacar’s death.
Five other people have been arrested because we believe they were harbouring the suspect and trying to help him avoid capture.
“Let me be really clear. Anyone found to be hindering our investigation by helping murder suspects lie low will be arrested and potentially be jailed.
“We are determined to get justice for Babacar and his family, as I’m sure the communities of Coventry are too. We are looking for offenders who have stabbed a boy to death. These are very dangerous individuals and we need them off the streets.
“I would urge anyone who suspects they know who’s involved, or if anyone has overheard a conversation about the stabbing or saw anything suspicious near Petitor Crescent on Wednesday night, to please get in touch.
The people responsible do not deserve protection. They have killed a child and we all collectively need to make a stand to show this is not acceptable.”