The mother of tragic stab death teenager Ben Morutare has paid tribute to her son after six men were found guilty of violence on the night he was attacked.
Ben, aged 16, bled to death after being stabbed in the leg, severing an artery.
His mother Grace said: "You would think that with time the pain of losing our Ben would get a bit easier but it’s been the toughest time of our lives, the fact that we will never see Ben again is the most painful and unbearable thought.
She added: "No family should go through what we have gone through. We will always love and miss our Ben dearly.
"We would like to thank our family liaison officer who has been there for us and West Midlands Police who worked endlessly to see justice done for our Ben."
A leading police officer in the investigation into the death of Walsall teenager Ben Morutare said it had been a "despicable crime with a tragic and unnecessary loss of life."
Det Insp Gary Plant, from West Midlands Police's major investigation review team, paid tribute to those who had helped with the investigation and said officers had spoken to more than 1,000 people while trying to track down those responsible.
The murder of little Ben was a despicable crime with a tragic and unnecessary loss of life.
Together with his friends and hundreds of other teenagers, [Ben] attended a birthday party that was advertised via social media. As a consequence, a small minority of people singled out Ben and his friends and attacked them, all because they were not local to the area
Ben was a small boy who, when seen on CCTV alongside his attackers, looks like a small child by comparison. Even paramedics attending the scene initially believed he was 12 or 13.
Ben’s grieving family have been left devastated by their loss and we hope that these verdicts offer them some comfort as they continue to mourn their son, brother and nephew.
Our thoughts are with Ben and his family at this time.
It started with cross words and pushing - but ended with the death of a 16-year-old boy.
Walsall teenager Ben Morutare was at the party at the Old Comrades Club in Smethwick when the fight broke out, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told during the trial.
One of Ben's friends was chased along Fenton Street and into St Paul's Road by a group of men, where he was assaulted and robbed. Others focused on Ben, chasing him across the Asian Family Support Centre car park and into Chatwin Street.
He was attacked and stabbed in the upper thigh, severing a main artery. He bled to death.
A video showing CCTV footage of the fight has now been released by police.
Andy Ly, 18, admitted Ben’s manslaughter, while Omar Robinson, 19, pleaded guilty to violent disorder. Dale Reid, 18, had pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing.
Four other men were convicted of violent disorder. Tahj Mills, 19, Jordan Campbell, 18 and Tobias Blake, 20, were all found guilty this week, with Blake also being convicted of possession of an offensive weapon.
They will be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court in the coming months.