The family of Kyle Sheehan today joined West Midlands Police to appeal for witnesses to come forward with information regarding the tragic death of the teenager.
16 year old Kyle was stabbed in the groin during a dispute in Senneleys Park, Bartley Green on Friday 21st September. Kyle was treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he died a week later (Friday 28th).
Kyle, also known as Shamz and Ess-Haych, was a popular, well-liked young man who enjoyed rapping and football and had just started a construction course at Bournville College, after completing Year 11 at Bournville School.
At a press conference today, Kyle’s grandmother Gail Lambe appealed for witnesses to come forward with information. Sitting alongside Kyle’s mother, Ms Lambe said: “… don’t let him die in vain. We need justice for what happened to him.”
Describing Kyle’s week long fight for life, Ms Lambe said: “… his leg was amputated, his kidneys failed, his liver failed – he just, bless him, went through so much.”
Appealing directly to friends of Kyle, Ms Lambe said: “Kyle had lots and lots of friends and somebody needs to speak to the police.
“He was just 16. A cheeky devil at times, but he was just lovely and he was very well-liked. He was called ‘a peacemaker’ and, bless him, this is what’s happened.” she added.
DCI Wayne Jones of West Midlands Police said: “We’re here today to appeal for witnesses that were in the area, friends and associates of Kyle, to come forward to the police to give us … information.
“We have already made a number of arrests…, however we still need people to come forward to give us the information that will lead us to charging somebody with this crime.”
Three people aged 16, 18 and 29 were arrested on suspicion of wounding on Thursday 27th September and later released on bail. A fourth local man, aged 23, was arrested on Friday (28th) on suspicion of murder.
DCI Jones said that there were around 20-30 people involved in the dispute in the park that evening and encouraged them to come forward. In an effort to reassure potential witnesses, he added: “We can assist anybody out there that’s feeling concerned for their safety or worried about giving us that information. We have a successful record of protecting witnesses.”
Police are still unsure of the motive but have confirmed that the incident is not thought to have been gang or race related.
Friends of Kyle have, meanwhile, been using the Facebook Page R.I.P Kyle Sheehan to organise fundraising towards the teen’s funeral. A benefit party will be held at TC’s in Selly Oak on Friday 5th October (£5 entry), a Fundrazr page has been set up and friends are meeting at Senneleys Park to organise a collection for Kyle.
Anyone with any information can call DCI Jones at CID on 101. Alternatively they can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.
Watch the press conference below: