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UK: Zim teen stabbed to death at house party was a ‘keen footballer’; police say 4 suspects arrested

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By Staff reporter and UK media


LEEDS: West Yorkshire police have confirmed the arrest of four men by detectives investigating the murder of a 17-year-old teenager Sunday morning.

An 18-year-old man, from Huddersfield, and three men, one aged 18 and two aged 19, all from Bradford, have been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the death of the 17-year-old who was stabbed and fatally wounded in an incident at a house in Salisbury Grove, Armley, in the early hours of yesterday.

The men remain in custody and detectives from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries into the boy’s murder.

Trust Junior Jordan Gangata, 17, from Zimbabwe, was taken to hospital where he died despite frantic efforts to save him.

Meanwhile friends of his family have been sharing their grief on social media.

The athletic teen and keen young footballer was from a deeply religious family and many of the messages were spiritual.

Ha Mu wrote: “Words cannot explain how I feel. My heartfelt condolences baba namai Gangata.”

Another loved one Aimee Francis said: “I am so sorry to hear your terrible news… my thoughts are with you and your family.”

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Weekes said: “The loss of a young life in such sudden and violent circumstances is an absolute tragedy, and we are treating this incident very seriously and doing everything we can to identify those responsible.

West Yorkshire Police cordon off Salisbury Grove

The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday

“We are continuing to support this young man’s family at what is clearly an incredibly difficult time for them, and we are committed to getting them the answers they need as we progress our enquiries.

“Our investigation is still in its very early stages, and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to build up a picture of the full circumstances of this incident.

“We are aware there were a large number of people attending a party at the address when the victim was attacked, and we are keen to speak to anyone who was there and who witnessed any part of this incident.

“We would also like to hear from anyone in the area around the time of the incident who has any relevant CCTV, phone or dashcam footage that could assist the investigation.

“We fully appreciate that this incident will cause understandable concern in the local community, and we are liaising with our colleagues at Leeds District who are working to reassure people.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be maintaining an increased presence in the area and are keeping their local community representatives updated as our enquiries progress.”