A TEENAGER has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the stabbing of Jaydon Washington James in Coventry.
The 16-year-old was arrested this morning (November 29) at an address in Oxford and has been taken to a police station in the West Midlands for questioning.
Jaydon, 16, was with friends when he was attacked in Deedmore Road, Wood End, on Saturday (November 24).
Jaydon died in hospital soon after being admitted.
His two friends, who were also seriously injured, have since been released from hospital.
Ch supt Mike O’Hara, from Coventry Police, said: “This is a significant step forward but our enquiries are continuing.
“A teenage boy has lost his life and I would urge anyone with information which can assist our investigation to come forward as soon as possible.”
The news comes after the city was invited to a candlelit vigil tonight in memory of Jaydon.
Tributes have flooded in from family and friends after the latest death on city streets – amid rising knife crime.
The latest to pay his respects is the Bishop of Coventry, The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, who posted on Facebook.
The vigil will be held tonight at St Chad’s Church, Hilmorton Road, Wood End, from 7pm to 9pm.
A service will be delivered to remember Jaydon and to show support for his family and the community.
The church said everyone is welcome – of all faiths and none.
Dr Cocksworth said: “My thoughts and prayers are with Jaydon’s family, friends and the whole community of Wood End as they grieve the great loss.
“May the whole city, and all its community groups and leaders, including schools, churches and other religious groups, work together with the council, the police and other statutory agencies to heal our streets and address the cause of violence.
“It’s a challenge to our city, a city of peace and reconciliation, a city of culture, to create a culture of peace on the ground so that tragic events like this do not happen again.”
Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.pnn.police.uk 8am – midnight.
Alternatively you can call 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.