Family and friends of the man who died as a result of a stabbing in Bartley Green on Monday (3rd July) have launched crowdfunding pages to help raise money for his funeral.
West Midlands Police have announced a third man has been arrested, and have named Alex Leonard – 22 and from Bartley Green – as the man who received a single stab wound to the chest in the incident in Woodgate Gardens at around 11pm. Alex sadly died soon after in hospital.
Two crowdfunding pages have been launched to help with funeral costs – one by a work colleague and close friend of the victim’s mother, and the other by his younger cousin.
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A post mortem has confirmed that Alex was killed by a single stab wound to the chest.
A 16 year old lad was arrested shortly after the incident on Monday and remains in custody, with detectives having been given extra time to question him.
A 21 year old man was arrested the following day (Tuesday 4th) and has since been released without charge.
A third man, aged 18, was arrested yesterday (Wednesday 5th) on suspicion of murder and is still being questioned.
Appeals for information
Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield said: “Investigations are continuing into the tragic death of Mr Leonard. I wish to express my gratitude to the local community who have been very supportive of this investigation but I do believe there are still others who will have relevant information and would still like to hear from anyone who saw what happened and has not yet spoken to us and ask they get in touch as soon as possible.”
Earlier this week, local neighbourhood Superintendent Mat Shaer said: “We do not believe this to be gang-related, but are aware of some anti-social behaviour concerns within the area which we are addressing.”
Supt Shaer appealed to the public to be vigilant and for this who would carry knives to think twice. He said: “We are putting a lot of work into tackling knife crime and ask that the public remains vigilant, reporting any concerns they have in their area. I would remind those who carry knives that they not only increase the risk of harm to others, but also to themselves.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call the police on 101 ext 863 3039. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org