Tributes paid as student stabbing victim named as Sidali Mohammed
“Sidali will always remain in our hearts as his legacy will live on."
Tributes have been paid to a 16-year-old boy who died after being stabbed outside Joseph Chamberlain College.
The teenager, Sidali Mohammed, was named today as his family called for youngsters to realise the consequence of knife crime.
Sidali, who lived in Bordesley Green but is originally from Somalia, was stabbed during a disturbance near the college on Belgrave Road last Wednesday and died on Friday night.
Another 16-year-old has been charged with attempted murder and remanded in custody ahead of a hearing on March 18.
A 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released on bail.
West Midlands Police is still keen to speak to any witnesses.
In a statement, his family said: “He was a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and an amazing friend. He had many ambitions and goals which he desired to achieve.
“Sidali was a driven young man who was currently studying his A-levels and aspired to become an accountant.
“Sidali shared his goals continuously with his father, who supported him endlessly, as they were best of friends.
“This aspiration was fuelled by his family who came from poverty, as they fled from a war torn country when he was just a toddler.
“His determination, thirst and enthusiasm has allowed him to be a role model for many of his peers, family and community.
“He has built a strong foundation for his family to grow upon.
“He was loved by many and we are saddened to have lost an angelic soul in such a tragic way.
“I hope this is a lesson for young people who don’t understand the consequences of knife crime.
“Sidali will always remain in our hearts as his legacy will live on. Thank you for all the love and support that we have received at this time.”
Joseph Chamberlain College principal, Tony Day, said: "The whole college community is devastated and shocked by the tragic loss of our student, Sidali.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.
“Sidali was a wonderful young man, who was extremely popular with his peers and teachers.
“He was doing well on his science course at college and had a really bright future ahead of him.
“We will be doing everything we can to support his family and all of those affected by this very sad incident."
Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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