Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Ozell Pemberton have this evening charged a teenager with murder.
The 17-year-old from Lozells will appear before Birmingham’s magistrates court on Monday morning (21 May). His age means he cannot be named.
News of the charge comes as Ozell’s parents described the pain they, and those who loved the “bubbly” teen, are facing since a single stab wound to his chest on Thursday (17 May) claimed their son’s life.
“Our special boy Ozell, was one of a kind.
“A loving, respectful, funny, bubbly and courageous boy who always saw the bright side of life. He had a strong head on him and was wise beyond his years. He was independent and wanted to make his own way in life.
“Our family have suffered the most unimaginable pain and loss under the most tragic circumstances. We continue to stand together in unity and love, for Ozell was smothered with love.
“We would like to thank the emergency services and community for all their support.
“Justice for Ozell.”
On Saturday night (19 May) a 21-year-old from Erdington, Birmingham was arrested on suspicion of murder. A third man, a 17-year-old from Kingstanding, was arrested earlier today. Both remain in custody as the West Midlands Police investigation continues to gather pace.
Anyone with information which may help detectives should call us on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 where you may be entitled to a reward.
There are weapons bins across the West Midlands with more being installed. Follow this link to find their locations: https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/key-issues/weaponsurrenderbins