Devastated family pays tributes to ‘young and energetic’ teenager stabbed to death

Yahya Sharif, 18, was found seriously injured in Coventry Road, Small Heath, just before 5.30pm on Friday, December 10 and was confirmed dead at the scene by paramedics

Tributes have been paid to a ‘young and energetic’ teenager who was stabbed to death in Birmingham.

Yahya Sharif, 18, was found seriously injured in Coventry Road, Small Heath, just before 5.30pm on Friday, December 10.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics Yahya, from Nechells, was tragically confirmed dead at the scene, Birmingham Live reports.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from a stab wound to the chest.

West Midlands Police issued a statement on behalf of his family which said: “We cannot believe Yahya has disappeared from our eyes.

“We still don’t know the reason he was killed. A young, energetic 18-year-old his dream was to be a digital marketing specialist.

“The whole community are shocked. May God be with the family he left behind, especially his parents.”

A cordon has remained in place along Coventry Road since the fatal attack so police can carry out extensive enquiries to establish what happened, who was involved and why.

Police said the cordon would be removed later on Sunday.

Police have been gathering CCTV and other evidence as they seek to piece together what happened and identify and trace Yahya’s killer.

Det Insp Hannah Whitehouse, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “Yahya was just 18 and with his life ahead of him. This has now been taken away in the most tragic of circumstances.

“There is no clear motive for the attack and we’re working round the clock to identify and trace who was responsible.

“We’ve spoken to a number of witnesses but we still need to hear from anyone with information who can help us.

“I’d appeal for those who were there at the time to do the right thing, come and speak to us and tell us exactly what happened and why. It’s the least Yahya’s family deserve.

“If you can help detectives please message us via Live Chat on our website or call 101, quoting reference number 3643 10/12/21.

“To stay anonymous, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”