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‘Kind-hearted’ schoolboy, 16, stabbed to death in street ‘would do anything for anyone’

A teenager stabbed to death in a residential street “would do anything for anyone,” his devastated family said today.

Ronan Kanda, 16, was attacked at around 9pm on Wednesday in Lanesfield, Wolverhampton and, though emergency services rushed to the scene, they were unable to save the boy.

Ronan’s heartbroken family today said he was “kind-hearted” and generous, Black Country Live reports.

“Our son and a brother who would do anything for anyone. He was a funny character who made everyone laugh around him,” a statement released via police said.

“He was taken from us cruelly and our hearts are broken. We want everyone to pray for his soul now.

“Ronan was a kind-hearted, loving, caring 16-year-old.”

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of Ronan’s murder, West Midlands Police have confirmed.

They include a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man arrested earlier this week, and a second 16-year-old boy who was detained overnight.

All three remain in police custody.

The force also arrested a 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man who have since been released on police bail.

Detectives have scoured CCTV for evidence and are now calling on any one who was driving in the area at the time of the stabbing to check their dashcam footage.

Detective Inspector Ade George, leading the investigation for West Midlands Police, said: “We’re making good progress with our enquiries, but we still need anyone with information to get in touch with us if they saw or heard anything on Wednesday night.

“I’m really keen to hear from anyone who was driving in the area at the time. We know that there were cars driving on the road in the moments before the attack, and it may be that dash cam footage will give us important evidence.

“It’s really important you speak to us if you have any information on what happened, who was responsible, or why Ronan was attacked.” Contact the force via Live Chat on our website west-midlands.police.uk or by calling 101.