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"Our number one son": Family pay tribute to Walsall boxing victim

Reagan Asbury died last weekend at a boxing event in Walsall Credit: Family handout

The family of a 19-year-old man who died after a large fight broke out at a boxing event in Walsall have paid tribute to him.

Reagan Asbury, from Pelsall, died from a wound to his neck after being attacked at around 11:30pm last Sunday.

His family have paid tribute to him, saying:

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.

– Family tribute

A second man from Derby has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Reagan.

Officers went to an address yesterday morning 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. He has since been released on bail.

The scene in Walsall where the fight took place Credit: ITV News Central

Enquiries continue in a bid to trace the offender and Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, who is overseeing the enquiry, is urging anyone who saw what happened or attended the event to get in touch:

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.

– Detective Inspector Justin Spanner