A teenager was arrested on suspicion of murder this afternoon after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death on the day he was due to start college in the West Midlands.
Azim Azam from the Billesely area of Birmingham died after collapsing in a street moments after getting on a number 2 bus in Moseley. He had suffered a single stab wound to the chest.
At around 12.30pm today a 17-year-old suspect, from Yardley Wood, handed himself in to Birmingham Central police station.
West Midlands Police Detective Superintendent Mark Payne said: “We had a huge number of police resources deployed to tracking down the person we believed was responsible – the net was closing in and this afternoon a teenager has handed himself in for questioning.
“We are still at the early stages of this inquiry and it’s of paramount importance that anyone who witnessed the attack, or the events leading up to it, contact us as they could hold crucial information.”
Police were called to Hayfield Road at the junction of Yardley Wood Road in Moseley at 8.33am yesterday.
The teenager was taken to hospital by ambulance in a critical condition but died from his injuries.
Police said the motive for the attack remains unclear although initial inquiries suggested it was a dispute between two teenagers and not a random attack. A hunt is now underway for the attacker.
Friends of the teenager spoke of their shock as they visited the scene of his murder.
Mitchell Smith, 18, said: “He was just off for his first proper day at college and then this happens, I can’t believe it.”
Det Ch Insp Simon Wallis, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased and specially trained family liaison officers are supporting them at this very difficult time.”