Sheriff Mbye/BBC Photos

Sheriff Mbye/BBC Photos

It has become yet another shocking tragedy for Gambians in the diaspora, particularly those in the United Kingdom where Sheriff Mbye was stabbed to death.

Many people described the 18-year-old Sheriff as a “cool-headed and serious boy.” His alleged killer is believed to be a longtime friend of Jamaican origin who was involved in criminal activities to the extent that his family abandoned him. The 19-year-old suspect is reported to be in critical but stable condition. He too sustained injuries resulting from knife stabbing. The killer’s action was borne out of anger for being distanced by an old friend. As a result, he began to threaten Sheriff whenever the duo meet. The suspect again harassed Sheriff when they met by accident in Norfield on Friday. They had a scuffle during which Sheriff sustained multiple stab wounds. He was rushed to the hospital where he died.

West Midlands police reassured the Mbye family of doing their best to get to the bottom of the case.  “I would like to reassure them that many people who were in the area at the time responded admirably to the terrible situation which confronted them,” Detective Inspector Harry Harrison said, expressing condolences to the heartbroken family for losing their loved one.

“Both victims were tended to, details of possible people or vehicles involved were relayed to police and vital clues were guarded. Their assistance has been invaluable to our investigation,” Inspector Harrison said further appealing to people who have knowledge of the scuffle to help police in their investigation.

Until his tragic death Sheriff Mbye had been with his Gambian parents in Lee Bank.

Meanwhile, two suspects – Rakeem Riley, 18, and Omar Robinson, 21 years – were charged with the Friday evening murder.



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