'Heartbroken' family pay tribute to teenager stabbed to death in Leamington Spa

17 January 2020, 18:43

17-year-old Nasir Patrice
17-year-old Nasir Patrice. Picture: Warwickshire Police

By Maddie Goodfellow

The victim of a fatal stabbing in Leamington Spa has been named as 17-year-old Nasir Patrice from Birmingham.

Nasir was knifed to death in broad daylight on Tachbrook Road in Leamington Spa, Warkwickshire at around 11am on Wednesday morning.

His family have said they have been left "heartbroken" by his death.

In a statement, they said: “We are all deeply saddened, heartbroken and will miss Nasir. Our lives will never be the same without him.”

Nasir, who was from Birmingham, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called to reports of a double stabbing.

An 18-year-old man, also from Birmingham, was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.

A 33-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week.

Warwickshire Police have now confirmed that the 18-year-old boy in hospital has also been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police have said the incident may be connected to county lines drug dealing.

Chief Superintendent Ben Smith from Warwickshire Police said: “This was a tragic incident and our thoughts remain with all those who knew Nasir and are coming to terms with their loss.

“Investigations to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and we have dedicated an enormous amount of resources into this complex investigation to ensure those responsible are identified and brought to justice.

“We will not tolerate violent crime in our communities and will do everything we can to keep Warwickshire safe.

“We continue to appeal for witnesses and would urge anyone who thinks they may have information that could help with our investigation to please get in touch.

“We are still trying to identify a fourth man in connection with this incident who is described as a young black male who we believe may have a leg injury.

"He was last seen on Emscote Road close to the junction with Fosberry Close in Warwick at around 11.30am on Wednesday morning."

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, has CCTV or dash cam footage of the area at around the time of the incident, may have seen something suspicious or has information that could help with the investigation is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 137 of 15 January 2020.