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Teenage boy charged with rape and murder after girl's body found in Wolverhampton park

Police have this evening (Sunday 15 April) charged a 16-year-old boy with the rape and murder of a teenage girl whose body was found in Wolverhampton on Thursday (12 April).

Viktorija Sokolova was found deceased in Wolverhampton’s West Park just before 7am.

A post mortem examination concluded the 14-year-old died from blunt force trauma to her head.

Viktorija’s family have today paid tribute to their loved one, “Viktorija was like a little angel, she made our lives so colourful and full of meaning.

“We can’t believe she has left us at such a young age. We will never forget you our sweetheart.

“You will be living in our hearts, soul and mind forever. Goodbye our little angel.”

Viktorija Sokolova

A second teenage boy, aged 17, who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further investigation.

West Park remains closed while a comprehensive forensic examination is continued.

The 16-year-old from Wolverhampton who was arrested on Friday (13 April) is due to appear at Dudley Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday 16 April).