Huddersfield stabbing: Dying boy, 15, lay in mum’s arms as she cried ‘hold on’
The distraught mother of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death outside his school held him as he lay dying, according to witnesses.
Khayri McLean, 15, had messaged his girlfriend, Shyana James, 16, to say he’d had a good day and was walking to meet her when he left North Huddersfield Trust School on Wednesday.
But as he walked away from the school gates in Huddersfield, a masked attacker repeatedly stabbed him.
He was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary’s Major Trauma Unit but died as a result of his catastrophic injuries later that day.
Speaking on Thursday, his heartbroken girlfriend revealed how she had rushed to the scene in a taxi to find Khayri lying on the floor dying with his mother, Marcia, by his side.
She revealed how he’d even sent her a picture of the spot where he was about to be fatally stabbed on Snapchat.
Speaking at the scene while wearing Khayri’s coat, she sobbed: “He was the love of my life. We were talking about our future the other day. He was just the best person I knew.
“The last thing he said was I can’t wait to see you.
“He just told me how his day had been, he just said, ‘it’s been really good,’ and sent me a picture of him walking home, right by the bollards where he was killed.
“He would do anything for me, he would drop everything if I had something going on to be there.”
Shyana, who met Khayri at school but had recently moved to a different college in the city, said a friend called her to say she had seen him hurt outside school.
She then got a taxi to the scene and saw him lying on the pavement ‘with the ambulance and paramedics all around him.’
Shyana’s mother, Sherrin James, 35, was already at the scene with Khayri’s distraught mother.
Mrs James, a home carer, broke down as she said: “My daughter rang me to say her friend had seen him hurt and bleeding bad. I came straight to the scene, 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.”
Mrs James said she and her daughter followed the ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary, but doctors were unable to save him.
Referring to the young couple, Mrs James added: “For six months they have been inseparable. The boy had a heart of gold, he would do anything for his loved ones.
“Shyana adored him, he was her first proper boyfriend. He was at my house every day, he was a lovely boy, he smiled so much.”
Asked about what she thought of those who carry knives, Shyana said: “I hate it and Khayri hated it as well.’ But she added: “It’s getting worse around here, they are getting innocent people. It’s horrible.
“It’s disgusting, I’ve also got a son that goes to the school and he is scared.
“We have no idea what’s provoked this…he was the perfect boy…
“We’re at a loss to understand why it’s happened. We just do not know.”
Marcia, Khayri’s mother, broke down in tears as she returned to the scene on Thursday and stood where her son was brutally attacked less than 24 hours before.
West Yorkshire Police they had arrested a 16-year-old boy in the early hours of Thursday morning after launching a murder probe into Khayri’s death.
The teen was arrested on suspicion of murder at a property in the Bradley area of Huddersfield at 5am.
He remains in custody while detectives quiz him on the incident.
And in a further update on Thursday afternoon, police revealed they had arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the murder.
In a statement, West Yorkshire Police did not specify what the 15-year-old boy had been arrested on suspicion of, adding he was still in custody.
The statement said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri Mclean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.
“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.
“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”
Tearful students who returned to the scene on Thursday said they had spotted two balaclava clad figures waiting by the school gates before watching Khayri being repeatedly stabbed.
Alfie Wilkinson, 12, said he could never have imagined something so horrifying.
He said: “One of my teachers ripped his shirt off and started chest compressions to keep him alive and covering the wound. You imagine seeing it but it’s so much worse to see it in real life like we did.”
Alfie and his friend Ruben Duncan-Keane, 12, who were interviewed with the permission of their parents, said the murdered boy was a “popular kid”, who didn’t have it in his nature to hurt anyone.
Alfie added: “I don’t know why anyone would want to do that to him, to be honest.”
Khayri died after he was attacked near his school yesterday afternoon, and Alfie described the moment he saw a teacher frantically trying to save the pupil’s life.
Alfie added: “He thought it was a normal school day, then he come out and got stabbed and didn’t even get to go home and tell his mum how his day was. That shouldn’t happen to anyone. The world we live in now, it’s not right.
“It’s made me realise how much of a wonderful family we’ve all got, wonderful parents, wonderful friends. It could happen to anyone at anytime, and as soon as you see it you realise how lucky you are.”