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16-year-old stab victim remembered at town's annual civic service

Ozell Pemberton died after being stabbed on Lower Parade in Sutton Coldfield. Credit: PA

A teenager who was stabbed to death in Sutton Coldfield has been remembered today as part of a ceremony in the town.

16-year-old Ozell Pemberton was found injured at Lower Parade on Thursday 17 May and died at the scene.

A post mortem examination revealed that the teenager had died from a stab wound to the chest.

Earlier today (Sunday 20 May), a congregation at the annual civic service at Holy Trinity parish church paused to remember the 16-year-old.

Police have announced that a second man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Edward Foster said:

Our investigation is progressing at speed: we have seized and are examining many hours of CCTV footage and the scene of the stabbing has been forensically examined.

Clearly the arrests are a significant step forward in our investigation but we now believe another two people were involved. I would ask them to do the right thing, and hand themselves in to police. It is only a matter of time before we come knocking at your door.

We know several people were seen fleeing the area after the disorder and are still appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the area at the time to get in touch.

If anyone has photos or mobile phone footage of the incident they may have captured vital evidence so I’d urge them to contact us.

– Inspector Edward Foster, West Midlands Police