Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Gloucester, police have said.
Officers were called to reports of a serious assault in Stratton Road, in the Tredworth area, shortly after 6pm on Wednesday.
Gloucestershire Police said the victim – Ramarni Crosby from Frampton on Severn, known to family and friends as ‘Marni’ – died at the scene from his injuries.
Detectives launched a murder investigation and are examining CCTV footage.
Roads in the area remain closed as officers make house-to-house inquiries.
The youths, aged 16 and 17, have been detained in connection with the death.
Chief Inspector Rich Pegler said on Thursday: “I must stress we are still at an early stage of the investigation, which is being led by the major crime investigation team.
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“Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of murder after attending a police station earlier today.
“However there are a number of local people still outstanding we would like to speak to.
“Both ourselves, and Ramarni’s family, are asking any witnesses, or any parents who know of their child’s involvement, to come forward.
“This was a horrific incident, which is even more tragic because of the young age of the victim. It has understandably sent shockwaves through the community, and caused a huge outpouring of anger and grief.”
He said officers would continue to patrol the area over the coming days.
The officer added: “We would also urge anyone who has not already spoken to us, or anyone who has video footage of the incident, to contact us and not to post it on social media.
“Our thoughts are with Ramarni’s family and friends at this time.”
Anyone with information or who witnessed anything should contact police through the website, quoting incident number 389 of 15 December:
Alternatively, people can call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.