Walsall boxing tragedy: Floral tributes laid for Reagan Asbury as police continue to hunt his killer

By Alex Ross | Walsall | News | Published: | Last Updated:

A man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender following the murder of Reagan Asbury at a boxing event in Walsall has been bailed.

West Midlands Police detained the man at his home in Derby at 7pm on Sunday night in connection with the large fight that broke out at a boxing event at Walsall Town Hall and spilled onto the street, leading to the death of a teenager.

The force today revealed that the man arrested has been bailed, with the hunt continuing for Reagan's killer.

It comes as floral tributes have started to be laid outside Walsall Town Hall in memory of the teenager.

Nineteen-year-old Reagan died in hospital on Sunday following the incident on Saturday. Police say he suffered an injury to his neck, with specially trained officers supporting his family.

A cordon, stretching along the entire length of Leicester Street, remained in place yesterday as police carried out further forensic sweeps.

Trouble flared during the headline fight at the event before spilling out of the venue.


Mr Asbury, from Pelsall, Walsall, suffered a neck injury and was in a critical condition in hospital but died on Sunday.

Tributes have poured in for the popular teenager on social media.

Kaylee Asbury said: "My truly handsome cousin had so much to offer and it has all been taken away at such a young age.

"What is this world coming to, can't event have a fun night out anymore."


Jim Joseph said: "Rest in peace Reagan Asbury we've had some quality memories over the years.

"I can't believe you're gone. Thoughts are with your family brother. Lots of love, sleep tight."

Brad Rolston said: "RIP to a brother and always a brother.

"Reagan Asbury so much memories. Since we was little he has always had my back."

Police have widened the cordon around the Town Hall as officers search for weapons.

Meanwhile, boxer Ricky Hatton sent his condolences to the family via Twitter, asking why people needed to carry knives

Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, who is overseeing the inquiry, has urged anyone who saw what happened or attended the event to get in touch.

He said: "The teenager sadly passed away on Sunday evening and we have now launched a full-scale murder enquiry. One man has been arrested and efforts are underway to locate and apprehend the offender.

“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.”

WATCH: Police at the scene on Sunday

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Walsall Council today released a statement saying it is 'shocked and saddened' regarding the weekend's events.

A spokesman said: "The Council is shocked and saddened to hear that a young man died on Sunday evening following a large scale disorder that broke out in Leicester Street and offers condolences to his family and friends.

“The West Midlands Police investigation is ongoing and the Council is providing assistance in any way it can.

“The local community will understandably be shocked and concerned about what happened. We will support the police and their investigation in every way we can. If anyone has information they can share, please call West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Alex Ross

By Alex Ross
Investigations Editor - @alexross_star

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