Family's tribute to 'only child with heart of gold' as teen charged with murder

Family's tribute to 'only child with a heart of gold' as teen charged with murder

Knife Crime, West Midlands Police

12/3/2021 2:02:00 AM

Family's tribute to 'only child with a heart of gold' as teen charged with murder

The heartbroken family of Lamin Barrow, 25, who was stabbed to death in Erdington, Birmingham on Monday, say their 'only child' was the 'most lovely, kind person' and 'always smiling'

Lamin Barrow, 25, sustained life-threatening injuries in a knife attack in Erdington, Birmingham on Monday afternoon.He was rushed to hospital but despite doctor's best efforts, he sadly passed away, Birmingham Live reports.An eighteen-year-old man, Suleman Hassan, from Erdington, has been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article, West Midlands Police say.

The teen was due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court today.In the days since his tragic death, Lamin's devastated family released a picture of their beloved son and a tribute to their "only one child".The statement reads: "Our only one child, nothing in the world can ever replace him.

“Lamin was the most lovely, kind person with a heart of gold, always smiling.“No good deed was ever too much for Lamin, he was always helping others and caring for others before himself.”Witnesses spoke of their "utter disgust" after a group of people gathered around the victim and recorded him on their phones as he lay bleeding to death. headtopics.com

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One resident said: "When the man went down he was surrounded by people pointing their phones at him."They added: "My neighbour desperately tried to help him but couldn't get through the crowd."It is utterly disgusting behaviour, where is people's decency?"

Another told Birmingham Live that he was "disgusted" after seeing people huddled around the man with their phones out.He said: "I just don't understand the mentality of people with their phones out gathered around him. Let the ambulance through. Every second counts."

Detective Inspector Wes Martin, of West Midlands Police, said: "A young man has tragically lost his life and we're doing all we can to support his family at this awful time."We've made some quick progress by arresting a suspect on suspicion of murder.

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