Sutton Coldfield stabbing: Rapper Remtrex 'can guide youngsters to make positive choices'
The mum of tragic teenage rapper Josh Ribera called for more education for young people after a 16-year-old was fatally knifed in Sutton Coldfield.
Alison Cope has campaigned on knife crime since her son's death in September 2013.
Now, she has taken to Twitter to speak out after a boy was killed in a knife attack in Lower Parade, Sutton Coldfield, near a McDonaldâs restaurant, at about 3.30pm on Thursday, May 17.
"Heartbreaking, this is why every single young person NEEDS to see and know the reality of knife crime," Alison wrote.
"If there was an education programme very few would choose to cause this much devastation.
"My hearts aches once again (sic)."
Officers launched a murder inquiry and the town centre area was shut down while evidence was gathered.
One arrest was made on Friday.
Paramedics were called to the scene, but in spite of their desperate efforts the teenage victim died.
Officers are viewing CCTV and conducting enquiries with people in the vicinity.
Alison also called on rapper Demehl Thomas , who uses the name Remtrex, to help young people make the right choices.
Sutton Coldfield stabbing
Remtrex had tweeted yesterday: "SAD WEN I C PEOPLE TRYING TO GET INTO THE ROAD LIFE DEEP INTO THERE 20S. REAL N***** DAT HAVE BIN DOING THIS WANNA GET OUT AND GET RICH!!!!! AM I RIGHT OR WRONG????"
The rap star has received more than three million views for a video posted on YouTube.
"100 per right," Alison replied.
"People like you can guide the younger generation towards positive choices.
"Prison life or death should never be choices.. you could make a difference x"
Joshua, 18, also known as DepzMan, was murdered in a jealous rage over a woman at TC's nightclub in Selly Oak.
Armani Mitchell, also 18, had deliberately carried a three-inch knife to a memorial party for Kyle Sheehan - a victim of another fatal stabbing in the city.
He was sentenced to life - with a minimum of 18 years - after several confrontations at the party led to Joshua being stabbed in the heart.Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
Dozens of tributes were paid to the victim of Thursday's attack, with one writing: "Feel so sad for the poor lad.
"Thinking of his family at this very sad time life is just so cruel.
"So young had his whole life in front of him.
"And it's been taken so cruelly."
Another wrote: "Ano ther life wasted."
"Senseless knife violence needs to stop," another reasoned.
Det Chief Insp Edward Foster, of Force CID, said: âIt is tragic that someone so young has lost their life and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this devastating time.
âWe are striving to establish the circumstances around the stabbing but believe there was a disorder just beforehand.
âWith this being a busy area we believe there will be a number of people who may have vital information to assist our enquiries. I would urge anyone who hasnât spoken to officers to contact us.âSource: Google News