Community leaders in Northfield have released a joint statement following the tragic incident in the town on Friday (17th April) in which 18 year old Sherriff Mbye lost his life after being fatally stabbed and a second man, 19, remains in hospital in a critical condition.
Using the hashtag #WeAreNorthfield, community leaders and residents are expressing their support for the family and friends of Sherriff and for the local community.
Police praised residents for their response on Friday, especially customers of Biggz Barbers who tended to the second injured man before emergency services arrived.
DI Harry Harrison said: “…many people who were in the area at the time responded admirably to the terrible situation which confronted them. Both victims were tended to, details of possible people or vehicles involved were relayed to police and vital clues were guarded. Their assistance has been invaluable to our investigation.”
Two men, Rakeem Riley (18) and Omar Robinson (21), have been charged with the teen’s murder.
NORTHFIELD COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO FRIDAY’S TRAGIC EVENTS
All of Northfield has been shocked by the events of Friday afternoon in Northfield which led to the tragic death of Sheriff Mbye. We have all been left stunned by this dreadful news and our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Sheriff at this very difficult time.
We wholeheartedly condemn the use of weapons or violence in our society and stand united in the fight against them. We have the utmost faith in West Midlands Police and know they are doing an excellent job here. We would encourage anyone who witnessed anything, however minor you may deem it, to speak with them immediately on 101.
This tragic, isolated incident is not reflective of the Northfield we know. This is a lively, creative and caring community which seeks to serve each other and support the practical needs of the area. The last 12 months alone have seen some fantastic joint community projects helping make a real difference in the area. We’ve seen a real desire to celebrate the incredibly gifted people which make up this remarkable community. We’ve seen some brilliantly creative work to champion the good in Northfield and we’ve seen real hope in this place.
At this difficult time, we all stand together and we grieve the loss of Sheriff. This is truly awful and we continue to think of all those affected. We will do anything we can to support the family at this difficult time and to help with any police enquiries.
Let us not, though, let this incident stop us celebrating what makes Northfield unique: its people, its passion and its real sense of togetherness. There is so much good within our unique and positive community and we are incredibly proud to say B31 is our home. #wearenorthfield
- Rev. Dave Tubby Minister, Northfield Baptist Church. Chair, Northfield Stakeholders’ Group
- Rebecca Debenham Operations Manager, Northfield Community Partnership. Vice-chair, Northfield Stakeholders’ Group
- Sue Allen Chair, Northfield Community Partnership. Chair, Northfield Carnival
- Andy Clarke Chair, Northfield Business Improvement District
- Rev. Nick Evans Chair, Churches Together in Northfield. Vicar, St. David’s Church, Shenley Green
- Michael Addison Director, Northfield Ecocentre
- Rev. Caz Hague Minister, Northfield Methodist Church
- Luke Olly Manager, Northfield Ecocentre
- Oliver Armstrong Co-ordinator, Northfield Arts Forum
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