Murdered schoolboy, 15, 'was pinned down by balaclava-clad killer and stabbed to death after making fun of another boy in a song during a minor social media spat', friends say

Khayri McLean, 15, was stabbed near North Huddersfield Trust School in Fartown, West Yorkshire before 3pm One parent said the child had been 'pinned to the floor and stabbed repeatedly' by a balaclava-clad killerWest Yorkshire Police says it has arrested another boy, 16, on suspicion of murder and are questioning him

A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a ‘senseless attack’ moments after making fun of another boy in a song during a minor social media spat, his friends claimed last night.

Khayri Mclean was pinned down and stabbed to death outside his school gates by a balaclava-clad killer, witnesses have said amid revelations from parents that their children were asked to join gangs.

But his girlfriend Shyana James, who ‘could not think of any reason he was stabbed’ moments after finishing class on Wednesday, dismissed the theory he ever ‘made fun of anyone’. She described how her ‘heart just shattered’ when she found out that teachers were desperately trying to resuscitate the boy, who she called the ‘love of my life’.

Shyana raced to the scene along with the victim’s distraught mother Marcia and saw Khayri lying on the pavement in a pool of blood as his attacker fled the scene.

Paramedics took him to hospital but his life could not be saved. Police launched a murder inquiry and early yesterday arrested a 16-year-old boy in the Bradley area of Huddersfield – around 1.5miles from where the attack took place. Last night they formally named Khayri and confirmed the attack was targeted.

A local mother revealed she had moved her son from the school – North Huddersfield Trust – after he was approached and threatened with a knife when he refused to join a gang.

She said she had repeatedly warned the school about gangs ‘grooming’ pupils on the way to lessons, adding: ‘The school has got blood on their hands.

‘This didn’t need to happen. My son was nearly stabbed, I told school time and time again. I had a meeting with them, I told them about the gangs and if they didn’t do something about it someone would end up dead.’

Khayri McLean was killed after being stabbed outside North Huddersfield Trust School in Fartown, West Yorkshire
Tragic Khayri McLean was killed as he tried to make his way home from North Huddersfield Trust School at 3pm yesterday

Khayri McLean was killed after being stabbed outside North Huddersfield Trust School in Fartown, West Yorkshire

Khayri McLean, 15, with girlfriend Shyana James, 16, in a social media picture provided by the James family to use

Khayri McLean, 15, with girlfriend Shyana James, 16, in a social media picture provided by the James family to use

The scene in Fartown, a suburb of Huddersfield, West Yorks, was still cordoned yesterday as the police continued to investigate

The scene in Fartown, a suburb of Huddersfield, West Yorks, was still cordoned yesterday as the police continued to investigate

Khayri smiles happily with his mother in a heartbreaking picture posted on social media before his dead on Wednesday

Khayri smiles happily with his mother in a heartbreaking picture posted on social media before his dead on Wednesday

The 37-year-old mother said a boy had been expelled last year after a knife was found in his bag, prompting the start of routine searches.

Khayri and the suspect are both thought to live in areas controlled by a notorious county lines drugs gang known as the BBD after the Bradley, Brackenhall and Deighton areas of Huddersfield.

Sixteen members, who bragged about drugs, money and violence in ‘drill’ music videos, were jailed for a total of 80 years in 2020 for using 14-year-old children as ‘slaves’ to sell crack and heroin in Blackpool. Yesterday Khayri’s girlfriend Shyana James, 16, sobbed as she laid flowers outside the school.

She said she had last spoken to her ‘perfect’ boyfriend of six months via Snapchat at 2.52pm, moments before he was stabbed.

‘The last thing he said was I can’t wait to see you,’ a tearful Shyana said. ‘He was the best person ever. We were always talking about when we grow up, our futures – he was the love of my life.’

Shyana, who met Khayri at the school but had moved to a different college, said her heart was ‘shattered’.

Her mother, Sherrin James, 35, held Khayri’s hand as he lay dying. Mrs James, a home carer, broke down as she said: ‘His mum was here with some of the teachers.

‘I got on the floor with them and was holding his hand, it was really scary. I was just trying to make him pull through, telling him to wait for Shyana, he was squeezing my hand.’

A PCSO stands at the scene of the stabbing in Fartown, in Huddersfield

A PCSO stands at the scene of the stabbing in Fartown, in Huddersfield



West Yorkshire Police said they had arrested a 16-year-old boy yesterday morning on suspicion of murder after the deadly attack

West Yorkshire Police said they had arrested a 16-year-old boy yesterday morning on suspicion of murder after the deadly attack

Yorkshire Air Ambulance had blocked off the roads surrounding the incident (pictured), while parents say they are deeply concerned

Yorkshire Air Ambulance had blocked off the roads surrounding the incident (pictured), while parents say they are deeply concerned

A floral tribute near to the scene in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, where a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death yesterday

A floral tribute near to the scene in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, where a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death yesterday

Khayri McLean hugged by his mother in an older picture together sat at a table outside a cafe, believed to be in Huddersfield

Khayri McLean hugged by his mother in an older picture together sat at a table outside a cafe, believed to be in Huddersfield

Police cordon and floral tributes near the scene in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, where a 15-year-old boy was stabbed

Police cordon and floral tributes near the scene in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, where a 15-year-old boy was stabbed

Asked about what she thought of those who carry knives, Shyana said: ‘I hate it and Khayri hated it as well. Gangs are getting worse around here, they are getting innocent people. It’s horrible.’

Sharrin James (pictured) said she tried to help Khayri 'pull through' after he was stabbed

Sharrin James (pictured) said she tried to help Khayri ‘pull through’ after he was stabbed

One pupil, Alfie Wilkinson, 12, who spoke to reporters with his mother, said children had seen two masked men near the school before Khayri was killed.

He said: ‘I’ve seen him about and he just looked like a nice kid and I didn’t know why anybody would want to do that to anyone. He thought it was a normal school day, going to school and then he came out and got stabbed. That shouldn’t happen to anyone.’

Ruben Duncan-Keane, also 12, said he had been traumatised by the murder. ‘I saw him on the floor,’ he added.

‘One of the teachers was trying to give him chest compressions – his eyes rolled back in his head, it was then that I knew he had lost his life.’

Headmaster Andrew Fell said the school had been left ‘completely devastated’ by Khayri’s ‘truly shocking’ death.

‘Our deepest sympathies go out to the pupil’s family and friends,’ Mr Fell added. ‘They have lost a loved one and we have lost a wonderful student from our school community.’

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said the 16-year-old remained in custody. Detective Superintendent Marc Bowes described Khayri’s death as a ‘senseless loss of a young life’.

Chief Superintendent James Griffiths, district commander of Kirklees Police, said: ‘We fully realise the concern Wednesday’s murder has caused in communities, and I want to reassure residents everything possible is being done to investigate what took place.’

A GoFundMe page has been set up to give the teenager ‘the best send-off’.

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