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Teenager Stabbed To Death In Shrewsbury Is Named
A 16-year-old who died after a stabbing in Shrewsbury has been named as Michael Warham.
The teenager from Liverpool was stabbed last Monday night in the Meole Brace area and died in hospital a few days later.
Three people have been arrested and bailed and his family are calling for any witnesses to come forward.
DCI Paul Moxley said:
"A thorough murder investigation into Michael's death is ongoing and our priority is to ensure those responsible are brought to justice. We are asking the local community to think back to the evening of Monday 1 August, particularly between 9pm and 10pm, and ask them to contact police if they saw or heard anything suspicious.
"We are also appealing for anyone who may have seen three young men wearing hooded jumpers and tracksuit bottoms near the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital at approximately 11pm on Monday evening to come forward. The three young men are thought to be white and in their late teens to early twenties, anyone who saw them or came into contact with them is encouraged to call 101.
"Michael was a young man and his passing is very difficult for his family to come to terms with, we are continuing to work with them and will ensure they are fully supported during this incredibly difficult time."
Michael's family have spoken to detectives and want to encourage anyone with information, whether they are local to Shrewsbury or from the Liverpool area, to assist police with their investigation. They said:
"We are devastated at the loss of our beloved son and brother in such tragic circumstances. Michael was a much loved, remarkable young boy with a big heart and loving nature. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the honour to know him. We wish to thank everyone who attended the scene to help Michael. We would also like to thank the medical staff at the hospital and all those who have helped the police at this time.
"We urge anyone who has any information to contact police as soon as they can in order to assist the investigation.
"We ask now that we are given the time and privacy to grieve for Michael."
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