Victims Identified in Nottingham Stabbing Rampage
The deadly stabbing rampage in Nottingham, England, on Tuesday has left the community reeling. The victims have been identified, shedding light on the tragedy and where the investigation is heading.
Who Were the Victims?
Two university students, Barnaby Webber and Grace Kumar, were walking home when they were fatally stabbed by the suspect, a 31-year-old man who has not yet been named. Webber and Kumar were both avid athletes, playing cricket and hockey, respectively.
Webber’s family released a statement expressing their devastation at the loss of their son. “Barnaby Philip John Webber was a beautiful, brilliant, bright young man, with everything in life to look forward to,” they said.
Kumar played for the England under-18s hockey team and was remembered as a “popular member of the England U16 and U18 squads.”
Another victim, a man in his 50s, was also killed during the rampage, but he has not been named.
What Do We Know About the Suspect?
The suspect, believed to be of West African descent, reportedly has a history of mental health issues. Although counterterrorism police are assisting in the investigation, they are not running it.
Police were able to stop the suspect shortly after he used a stolen van to run into three people at a bus stop. He was tasered and arrested under suspicion of murder but has refused to answer police questions.
The community has come together to mourn the victims. A vigil was held at Nottingham’s St Peter’s Church on Tuesday evening, attended by students from the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed his condolences, saying, “My thoughts are with those injured, and the family and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.”
Timeline of the Attacks
- 4 a.m.: Webber and Kumar found dead in the street
- Shortly after: Van tries to run over three people at a bus stop
- 10 minutes later: Another man found dead on a street believed to be the owner of the stolen van
Complete devastation is not enough to describe our pain and loss at the senseless murder of our son.
The Webber family
Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the victims during this difficult time.
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