Heartbroken friends have paid tribute to a “loving” and “big-hearted” teenage boy who was chased into a shop and stabbed to death in broad daylight.
The 17-year-old, named by police as Derlarno Samuels, was found with stab injuries next to a car which crashed about five minutes after he was attacked with a knife in Smethwick, West Midlands, on Saturday afternoon.
The crash occurred about a mile from the shop where the teen was fatally stabbed.
Cam-Ron Dunn, 18, who was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning, has been charged with murder.
Derlarno’s heartbroken friends, who called him by his nickname “DD”, paid tribute to him on Monday, telling the Mirror that he was “kind” and “would do anything for everyone”, as his family described him as a “generous young man who is much loved and missed”.
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Close friend Angel Smith said: “He was a genuine, humble person. He would do anything for everyone, he wouldn’t hurt anyone.
“He was really funny. He was a really happy person.
“It’s sad what happened.
“We were more likely family than friends.”
Friends were devastated and in disbelief when they were told that he had been killed.
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Angel, 18, said: “I had a phone call on Saturday to say that DD was dead. Obviously, I didn’t believe it at all.”
Friends consoled each other as they gathered outside DD’s mum’s house.
Angel said: “It’s her baby boy and he was only 17. His mum was his idol, he used to look at his mum like his queen.”
She added: “He’s going to be missed by everyone. He has touched so many people’s hearts.
“He will be remembered and his name will live on.
“I hope other young people see this and realise what knife crime can actually do and how many people it affects.
“Our friend has been taken away. It’s heartbreaking.”
Another friend said: “He was a loving, kind, big-hearted young man and it’s affected everyone that lives in Smethwick.
“The kids need to put knives down as it’s killing our young.
“My heart is breaking.”
In a statement released through West Midlands Police, the teen’s family said: “Derlarno was ambitious, inquisitive and full of life.
“He was a generous young man who is much loved and missed by his family and friends.”
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “We have charged a 18-year-old man with murder after a fatal stabbing in Smethwick, as the teenage victim is named as Derlarno Samuels.
“Derlarno, who was aged 17, was found with stab injuries in a car that crashed in Heath Street, Smethwick, at around 4.10pm on Saturday.
“He was taken to hospital but sadly pronounced dead around an hour later.
“It’s understood that minutes earlier he was allegedly chased into a shop in Waterloo Road, Smethwick, and attacked with a knife.
“A post mortem has given the cause of Derlarno’s death as a stab wound.
“Cam-Ron Dunn, who was arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning, has this afternoon been charged with murder.
“Dunn, from Smethwick, remains in police custody and will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow.”
Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse from our Homicide Unit, added: “Our thoughts remain with Derlarno’s family who are being supported by our specially trained officers at this tragic time.
“We are still working to establish the full circumstances and we would ask anyone with information about what happened get in contact, in particular anyone who witnessed any disorder around the Waterloo Road/Cape Hill/Windmill Lane junction between 3pm and 4.30pm’’
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police on live chat via its website or call 101 quoting crime reference 20/549867/21.