Second arrest made in Reagan Asbury murder probe as parents pay tribute to their 'number one son'

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A second man has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of teenager Reagan Asbury after trouble at a boxing event at Walsall Town Hall.

Reagan Asbury

Reagan’s parents today released a touching tribute to their 'number one son' as the investigation gathers pace.

Officers visited an address in Derby at 9am on Tuesday where they arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender.

It follows the arrest of a 25-year-old man who was detained on Sunday night from another address in Derby.

Police said he has since been released on bail until a date next month while inquiries continue.

The 19-year-old, from Pelsall, died after being attacked at around 11.30pm on Sunday night when a large disorder broke out at the town hall and spilled onto the street.

A post mortem examination carried out on Monday confirmed Reagan died from a wound to his neck and further examinations will be completed.

A tribute issued on behalf of his parents read: "Our number one son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend…taken in such a callous, inhumane way. What a cruel, cruel world we live in, especially for all our children. We are all so empty."


It came after a fundraising page has been set up in honour of Reagan by his friends.

Almost £5,000 had been raised by Tuesday evening by the fund which was donating cash 'to support his family and loved ones'.

Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, who is overseeing the enquiry, re-appealed for anyone who saw what happened or attended the event to get in touch.

He said: “This is a tragic case and we have a team of detectives working to get to the bottom of exactly what happened and to apprehend the offender and anyone who may have assisted him.


“We have spoken to several witnesses already and secured CCTV in a bid to explain what sparked the disorder and identify the offender − but we know there was a large crowd at the event and we need to speak to as many of them as possible.

"I need those people to get in touch as they could have seen something crucial or caught something important on mobile phone footage.

"Equally, I’d like to speak to anyone who was outside Walsall Town Hall late on Saturday night or anyone who suspects who may be responsible for this tragic event."

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police’s Homicide Team at Harborne police station on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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