The Joseph Chamberlain College student who died after being stabbed in the chest has been named today (19/02) as Sidali Mohammed, as his family paid tribute and called for youngsters to realise the consequences of knife crime.
Sidali, 16, was stabbed during a disturbance near the college last Wednesday and sadly died on Friday night.
Earlier that day, another boy, aged 16, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday charged with attempted murder. He has been remanded in custody ahead of a hearing on 18 March.
A 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released on bail.
Officers are still keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the disturbance.
In a tribute from his family today, Sidali, who is originally from Somalia, was described as an “honourable young man who strived to do his best.”
“He was a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and an amazing friend. He had many ambitions and goals which he desired to achieve.
“Sidali was a driven young man who was currently studying his A-levels and aspired to become an accountant.
“Sidali shared his goals continuously with his father, who supported him endlessly, as they were best of friends.
“This aspiration was fuelled by his family who came from poverty, as they fled from a war-torn country when he was just a toddler.
“His determination, thirst and enthusiasm has allowed him to be a role model for many of his peers, family and community.
“He has built a strong foundation for his family to grow upon.
“He was loved by many and we are saddened to have lost an angelic soul in such a tragic way.
“I hope this is a lesson for young people who don’t understand the consequences of knife crime.
“Sidali will always remain in our hearts as his legacy will live on. Thank you for all the love and support that we have received at this time.”
College principal Tony Day said: “The whole college community is devastated and shocked by the tragic loss of our student, Sidali.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.
“Sidali was a wonderful young man, who was extremely popular with his peers and teachers.
“He was doing well on his science course at college and had a really bright future ahead of him.
“We will be doing everything we can to support his family and all of those affected by this very sad incident.”
Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.