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10 October 2016, 18:05
A 19-year-old who died in Birmingham at the weekend has been named by police as Kaydel Williams.
The teenager from Tipton was found in Hunton Road with serious injuries at around 8.55pm on 7 October following a call from the ambulance service reporting a possible hit-and-run.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Kaydel was pronounced dead at the scene and a post mortem revealed that the teenager died from head and chest injuries.
Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances that led to Kaydel’s death as it is believed that the teenager had been bundled into a car at The Gardens, Erdington by a group of men some five minutes earlier at around 8.50pm.
A 22-year-old man was also assaulted during the disorder and sustained minor injuries.
The Williams family has paid tribute to the popular teenager, they said: "Kaydel was a vibrant soul and a humorous character, who was well mannered, caring and highly regarded by others. He was always giving and did it with a smile. Kaydel was a loving individual with such great potential, a beautiful soul gone too soon. He will be missed deeply by family and friends. Always in our hearts and thoughts, we love you.”
Detective Inspector Warren Hines, the senior investigating officer for the case, said: "Our investigations are progressing but we still need people to come forward with information so that we can establish what happened to Kaydel.
"I believe that two vehicles were involved in the initial report of disorder at The Gardens; a blue Mercedes which has been recovered and a silver VW Passat which remains outstanding.
"Myself and my team are committed to finding out exactly how Kaydel received his fatal injuries so it is imperative that people who were in the area of The Gardens and Hunton Road come forward and tell me what they know.
"I am keeping an open mind about what happened on Friday night and I am appealing directly to the people in the cars to do the right thing and come forward.
"A specialist officer has been supporting Kaydel’s family and our thoughts remain firmly with them at this sad time."