A 14-YEAR-OLD boy was chased and stabbed to death near a McDonald's by a gang of lads who attacked him "like a pack of feral animals", witnesses said.
Cops have launched a murder probe and are looking for up to seven suspects after the "callous" killing in Birmingham – as the victim's mum mourns her son who "had his whole life ahead of him".
It is understood the stabbing happened after a brawl unfolded between a large group of people at 7.30pm on Monday.
Officers were unable to save the teen and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pictures showed police running towards a group of youths as they gathered outside a row of shops on Monday evening.
Witnesses described seeing a "gang of lads" attacking a teenager "like a pack of feral animals".
One mum, who did not wish to be named, said: "It was carnage when I looked out my window, there were kids everywhere. He was only a child.
"They were like a pack of feral animals the way they were swarming around him."
The victim is believed to have been playing football with friends when he was jumped by yobs as he made his way home.
Community activist Desmond Jaddoo said: "I was here last night with the boy's mother and friends who had gathered and they were naturally inconsolable.
"She has lost her 14-year-old boy who had his whole life ahead of him and will never return home."
He said the mother was "totally distraught, heartbroken – she felt as if it was the end of her world".
“No words could console her," he said.
“It was very, very distressing.
“All we know is that someone people started chasing him, grabbed him and he was stabbed several times.
“We don’t know why, that is the mystery. "
Police said the victim was chased by a number of youths before being stabbed by one of the group.
They were like a pack of feral animals the way they were swarming around him
He collapsed into the road and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Detective Chief Inspector Stu Mobberley, who is leading the investigation, said: "We've made rapid progress in the investigation already and are following up a number of really strong lines of enquiry.
"We know the 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."
The force said a post-mortem will be held this afternoon.
West Midlands Police said they have "flooded" the area with officers and have called on witnesses to come forward.
Detective Inspector Ranj Sangha, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “This is a shocking and senseless tragedy.
"Another young life has been taken far too soon.
“We have officers with the boy’s family who are facing the cruellest of news this evening. My heart goes out to them.
“We will be leaving no stone unturned in our hunt for the callous individuals responsible for this, or for anyone harbouring them, knowing what they have done.”
Anyone who can help our investigation should contact us urgently via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101 quoting log 3313 of 31/5. Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Source: Read Full Article