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£10,000 reward offered to find Walsall house party killer

By Richard Guttridge | Walsall | Crime | Published:

A £10,000 reward has been put up in a bid to solve the murder of a teenager who was stabbed to death at a house party more than a year ago.

Rezwan Ali

Rezwan Ali was knifed when a fight broke out at a house in Willows Road, Walsall, in January 2018.

Detectives have struggled to crack the case and hope a large cash reward might finally lead them to Mr Ali's killer. No-one has ever been charged over the 19-year-old's death.

His sister Hafsa Khatun today made an emotional appeal and urged anyone with information to help the family in their quest for justice.

'Biggest and kindest heart'

She said: “It has been over a year since we lost Rezwan and we still feel the same pain as we felt that night. We continue to question why this happened to our Rezwan.

“Not for a single moment did we, as Rezwan’s family, think we would be writing a tribute for him.

Mr Ali was stabbed in Willows Road

"His smile made others smile, his laughter was everything. Rezwan was a smart boy, he always hit the top marks. He had the biggest and kindest heart.

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“As Rezwan’s family, we plea to the person who was involved in this attack - or anyone who knows who was responsible - to please come forward and do the right thing.

"To those responsible - you did not just not take our boy away from us, but you have forever left a hole in our hearts.”

Police probe

Police were called to the house at around 1.45am on January 14 last where the student was found in the kitchen bleeding heavily from a knife wound to the chest. Friends tried to give him CPR but were unable to save him.

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An extensive investigation followed and a specialist team of detectives were brought in but the hunt for Mr Ali's killer has stalled.

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Fiona McCormack, director of operations at the charity Crimestoppers, which has put up the five-figure reward, said: “It has been just over a year since Rezwan was tragically and senselessly murdered.

"My thoughts are with his family and friends. We know they are all desperate for answers, which is why we are putting up a reward. I would encourage anybody with information about this murder to do the right thing and contact us.

“You will be helping to bring justice for Rezwan and his loved ones and we promise that you will remain completely anonymous. In over 30 years we have always kept our promise of 100 per cent anonymity to everyone who trusts our charity with their crime information.

“Remember that your information could help keep someone safe from future harm. Our UK Contact Centre is open 24/7 on 0800 555 111 or you can use our anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

"No-one will know you contacted us and it could be your information that makes a huge difference.”

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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