Arrests over fatal stabbing

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death at a house party in Colchester in Essex.

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Killing shocks neighbours in Colchester

The killing has shocked neighbours in the residential street, which is located on the outskirts of Colchester.

A number of homes were sealed off on Sunday as police searched for clues.

Empty bottles of vodka and cans of lager could be seen strewn across the front gardens of properties in the street.

Marie Partner said a woman and her teenage daughter, who were hosting the party, had spoken to neighbours on Saturday to apologise in advance for any extra noise.

Ms Partner, who has lived in the street for nine years, said:

The mother and daughter took it upon themselves to tell the neighbours there was a party taking place and to apologise in advance if there was slightly more noise than normal. Usually it's very quiet around here.

It's so sad. The first I knew about it was seeing the police arrive and the area being cordoned off.

Police: 'Tragic loss of life'

Senior investigating officer, DCI Simon Parkes, said:

This really is tragic loss of life that we, but more importantly, this boy's parents have to deal with.

This murder took place in an affluent area of Colchester and at a house party which had a garden that could cater for the 100 or so teenagers that were present.

Although we don't yet know the details of what went on, we're slowly piecing together the sequence of events that led to this boy's death.

We're speaking to those who were at the party, but we're mindful that there may have been others who left either before the stabbing or in the immediate aftermath before we arrived.

Everyone at this party is a key witness whether they saw anything or not and we would urge them to contact us. Our thoughts are very much also with this boy's family. They are being supported by our family liaison officers.

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Twitter tributes to Essex stabbing victim

The victim, who is from the Clacton area, has not yet been named by police.

However, tributes began flooding onto the social networking site Twitter using the hashtag #RIPJay.

One Twitter user, under the name Mary-Ellen1, said:

RIP Jay my little brother, taken too young. We will get you justice.

Another tweeted:

RIPJay, the mark you left on this Earth is irreplaceable, the mark you left in our hearts is unforgettable.

Two held over murder of teenager

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a teenager was stabbed to death in Essex.

Officers were called to reports that a 17-year-old boy had been stabbed during a disturbance outside a house in Marlowe Way, Colchester, at around 10pm on Saturday night.

He was taken to Colchester General Hospital with abdominal injuries but died shortly after arriving, Essex Police said.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident and are being questioned at a north Essex police station.

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