Police have launched a murder investigation after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death last night – as his sister pays a touching tribute online.
Jaydon James was found by West Midlands Police on Deedmore Road in Wood End, Coventry at around 11.40pm on Saturday after being stabbed.
He was rushed to hospital but died shortly after, with two other teens also taken to hospital with less serious injuries.
His older sister, Jayda James, said her brother was killed ‘because of his postcode’.
Jaydon James (pictured) was found with stab injuries by West Midlands Police on Deedmore Road in Coventry last night
The 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Coventry with two others also injured – though not as seriously
In her post on Facebook, Jayda said: ‘I can’t believe my little baby brother is gone forever. Jaydon was the sweetest, funniest most kind hearted boy.
‘He didn’t fight, he wasn’t part of a ‘gang’, he was friends with everyone and tried to keep the peace whenever he could. Jaydon was stabbed to death because of his postcode, because he was a woodend boy.
‘I can’t believe someone took my brothers life simply because of the neighbourhood he lived in.’
His older sister, Jayda James, said her brother was killed ‘because of his postcode’. She paid tribute to her brother online, including this photo of them as children
She also thanked everyone for their kind messages of support, saying she and her family had read them all and ‘it has brought us some happiness to know how loved Jaydon was.’
Jayda then thanked the boys who stuck by her brother’s side and waited for help to arrive, and made sure her mother was aware.
Jayda said her brother ‘was friends with everyone and tried to keep the peace whenever he could’ in a touching tribute online
Jayda Jame’s Facebook tribute to her younger brother, she said Jaydon was the ‘sweetest’ boy
‘All we want to do now is find out who took Jaydon’s life, so we can seek justice. If you have any idea who any of the GROWN MEN were that we’re involved in the incident that took place in Woodend last night please message me or call 101 and you can report it anonymously. These men are murderers. Please help us get #Justice4Jaydon,’ she added, complete with several heart emojis.
Detective Superintendent Matt Markham said murder detectives are ‘working round the clock’ and ‘pursuing a number of lines of inquiry’.
The boy’s family have been told about his death and the area has been cordoned off for forensic teams.
DS Markham said: ‘A young boy has tragically been killed and we are determined to find out why this has happened.
Jayda shared several photos of her brother on social media, in a heartfelt tribute. Pictured is a young Jaydon cradling a baby
The injured boy was found by West Midlands Police on Deedmore Road in Wood End, Coventry at around 11.40pm on Saturday
‘We are talking about the terrible loss of a 16-year-old boy, someone who had their life to live, and we will be working round the clock to find who was responsible.
‘We are following a number of active lines of enquiry and would urge that anyone with information which could assist our enquiries to call us as soon as possible.’
He urged anyone with information to come forward.
The number of murders, knife crimes and robberies all went up in the last year according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics last month
Recent figures show that knife crime in Birmingham is at its highest in eight years – up 19 per cent since 2017.
And the West Midlands has seen the biggest increase in knife crime of any part of the country outside London, with almost 3,000 incidents reported last year.
Meanwhile, knife possession offences have also rocketed by 159 per cent, according to figures from police.
The number of murders in the UK have also soared by 14 per cent.
London is at the centre of fears of rising levels of violence, after the number of killings in the capital topped 100 this summer.
This has increased the number of murder investigations in London to 123 this year, after a man in his twenties was stabbed to death in Shoreditch yesterday.