Gran speaks of family heartache after teen, Kyle Sheehan, dies
1 October 2012
THE GRANDMOTHER of murdered teen, Kyle Sheehan, today spoke of her family’s heartache following their loss and pleaded for information so that that her grandson’s death was not in vain.
Speaking at police headquarters, Gail Lambe, 55, told journalists how the family had been torn apart by Kyle’s death and gave new details on the 16-year-old’s fight for life.
“It’s just been horrendous. Kyle’s been through such a lot since Friday. His leg was amputated, his kidney’s failed, his liver failed… he just, bless him, went through so much,” she said.
“Somebody needs to come forward and let the police know now because we’re in limbo now. Kyle had lots and lots of friends – and somebody needs to speak to the police…. we need justice for what happened to him.”
Kyle died at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital on Friday (28 September) exactly one week after being stabbed in the groin following an altercation in Senneleys Park, Bartley Green.
A motive for his murder remains unclear but detectives have confirmed that the incident was not gang related, but followed an agreement between two or three groups of young people who were in the park at the time Kyle was stabbed. Officers have also ruled out a racist motive.
“We’re still working to establish who did this to Kyle and why,” said Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jones.
“From the people we have already spoken to, it would appear that there was some sort or argument between some young people who were in the park which quickly escalated.
“Kyle was stabbed in the groin but managed to hobble away and told a friend he’d been stabbed.”
Police were alerted to the stabbing at around 10.15pm on Friday 21 September, when they received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a fight on Jiggins Lane in Bartley Green, near to Senneleys Park.
Officers were immediately dispatched and arrived at the scene within five minutes.
When they arrived they found Kyle lying on Mill Lane bleeding heavily from his leg and in a critical condition. A local woman was giving first aid.
Paramedics arrived and battled to save him. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, Kyle died one week later with his loving family by his side.
The former Bournville School pupil had just started a construction course at Bournville College but had a love for football and was a keen musician who posted many online films of him and his friends rapping.
Echoing the pleas made by the young lad’s gran, DCI Jones called for anyone with information on the person or people responsible to come forward.
“This was a terrible crime which has left a mother without her son, a young girl without her boyfriend and a group of young people scarred by the murder of their young friend.
“I would ask that anyone who was in the park on Friday and has not already spoken to police, to show the courage Kyle’s mum and gran have shown and contact us.”
Four people who were arrested as part of the investigation have been released on police bail.
Extensive inquiries have been conducted by detectives working 24/7 on the case including: a fingertip search of the area where Kyle was stabbed; specialist forensic scene investigators have examined clothing and other items; officers have spoken to people living in the area; andCCTV has also been downloaded - detectives are still trawling hours worth of footage for clues.
Meanwhile, a Facebook page created to honour the memory of Kyle has attracted over 6,000 supporters.
Anyone with information on the incident should call DCI Jones on 101.
The force has a range of measures it can utilise to support witnesses. Follow this link for more information.
Anyone who does not want to talk to police officers contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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