Best friends murdered at house party were 'lured to their deaths'

Childhood best friends who were stabbed to death at a house party were ‘targeted’ in a ‘gang-related’ fight, neighbours claim.

The victims, identified as Benjamin Rice and Dominic Ansah, both 17, were killed in a violent altercation at the property in Milton Keynes in the early hours of Sunday morning,

A woman whose son had been at the party told the Telegraph that one of the victims had ‘died in his arms’ after being ‘lured’ to the house.

She said: ‘They were his friends’. It’s gang related. Those boys were lured there and targeted.’

Thames Valley Police have launched a double murder investigation but no arrests have been made.

A cousin of one of the teens, who did not wish to be named told the Sun: ‘He’s come here with his long-time best friend since childhood, comes to a party and both of their lives just got ripped away from them.

‘He was just so respectful to, like, his family and friends.

‘Many, many people’s hearts are broken.’

Photos from the scene show forensic crews working outside the house with blood splatters visible on the front door.

Two forensic officers could be seen inspecting an object on the driveway next to a black BMW.

Dominic’s mum Tracey shared a quote on Facebook, reading: ‘Drugs don’t love you, drug dealers don’t love you, the lifestyle doesn’t love you but all of it will take you away from the people that do.’

The family of Ben Gillham-Rice said they were too upset to talk.

Another 17-year-old and a 23-year-old, who suffered knife injuries were rushed to hospital in a serious but non-life threatening condition.

One neighbour – who did not wish to be named – said she heard a ‘commotion’ involving screaming, shortly before midnight, but did not see what happened.

Another neighbour, who lives in an adjacent cul-de-sac, said that she knew the boys but declined to give their names.

She said: ‘This gang of kids have been hanging around Archford Croft – it’s all gang-related. ‘We do know that there was a house party at the time, not here but another part of Emerson. I think it’s just because there was a house party and then the trouble started from there.’

In a statement this afternoon, DCS Hunter said officers were called at 11.59pm to reports of a stabbing.

He said: ‘Clearly this is a dreadful incident and we are in the very early stages of the investigation.

‘We have deployed significant resources and it is, and will continue to be, a fast moving investigation led by our Major Crime Unit. ‘Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims and we have deployed specially trained officers to support them.’

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