Khayri McLean: Teenager stabbed to death outside school in Huddersfield is named
A 16-year-old boy was arrested by officers in the early hours of Thursday morning on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
Thursday 22 September 2022 16:41, UK
A 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death outside his school has been named as Khayri McLean.
The teenager died in hospital on Wednesday after being attacked close to the entrance of North Huddersfield Trust School in West Yorkshire just before 3pm.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of his murder in the early hours of Thursday morning.
West Yorkshire Police said he remains in custody and inquiries are still ongoing.
A number of people have visited the scene on Woodhouse Hill to lay flowers and leave tributes to Khayri.
The mother of his girlfriend said her daughter had described him as "the perfect boy" and the pair were "literally inseparable".
"She absolutely adored him and he absolutely adored her," Sherrin James said after leaving flowers.
'I got on the floor and held his hand'
The 35-year-old explained that her daughter, Shyana, had been dating Khayri for around eight months, and he had messaged her shortly before the incident saying he "couldn't wait to see her".
"Her friend phoned her within minutes saying he had been hurt and was bleeding," Ms James added.
"I drove straight round, parked at the top and ran down. His mum was here and some of the teachers.
"I got on the floor with them and held his hand. I was telling him to wait for Shyana," she continued.
"I was just trying to make him pull through because he was squeezing my hand."
'He thought it was a normal school day'
Two students from the school, Ruben Duncan-Keane and Alfie Wilkinson, were among those leaving floral tributes at the scene.
Alfie described Khayri as a "very popular kid" as he described seeing him "lying on the floor".
"One of my teachers started giving him chest compressions to keep him alive and covering the wound," the 12-year-old said.
"He thought it was a normal school day, going to school and then he came out and got stabbed."
'About 15 or 20 paramedics'
Khayri was treated by paramedics and then taken to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency surgery but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Afiya Mahmood, who lives opposite the school, said there were about "15 or 20" paramedics at the scene, and she could see them "working on the child".
"There was blood, but they've washed it away now. It's very overwhelming, distressing. It's shocking, it's just a young boy," the 39-year-old added.
A GoFundMe page has since been set up to give the teenager "the best send off".
'A wonderful student'
One parent Billy Shankland attended the scene with his son, who is in Year 7.
"It's awful, I've got a child within the same age group, I can't imagine what the family is going through.
"He didn't know the boy, but he's got friends who did. It's a shock.
"It is very (concerning) because we don't know if it's targeted or random - for us, anything could be happening. It's scary."
In a statement, the school's headteacher Andrew Fell described Khayri as a "wonderful student" who was "loved" by his friends and family.
The school remained closed on Thursday, opening only for students in need of support.
A number of witnesses to the incident have been identified, senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Marc Bowes has said, but anyone with information has been urged to contact police.
"Our investigation is still at a very early stage, and we will be carrying out extensive inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident that has resulted in the absolutely senseless loss of a young life," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or online here, quoting crime reference 13220521713.