Tributes to ‘ambitious and inquisitive’ teenager fatally stabbed in shop

Luke Powell, PA
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Tributes have been paid to a teenager who was chased into a shop and fatally stabbed in Smethwick.

Derlarno Samuels, 17, was found with knife wounds inside a car after it crashed in Heath Street at around 4.20pm on Saturday, West Midlands Police said.

He was taken to hospital, but died around an hour later.

Derlarno Samuels
Derlarno Samuels (West Midlands Police/PA)

It is understood that 10 minutes before Derlarno was taken to hospital, he was chased into a shop in Waterloo Road and attacked with a knife.

Cam-Ron Dunn, 18, who was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, has been charged with murder, police said.

Derlarno’s family described the teenager as “ambitious, inquisitive and full of life”.

They said in a tribute: “He was a generous young man who is much loved and missed by his family and friends.”

A post mortem determined Derlarno’s death was caused by a stab wound, police said.

Dunn, from Smethwick, remains in police custody and will appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse said: “Our thoughts remain with Derlarno’s family who are being supported by our specially trained officers at this tragic time.

“We are still working to establish the full circumstances and we would ask anyone with information about what happened get in contact, in particular anyone who witnessed any disorder around the Waterloo Road/Cape Hill/Windmill Lane junction between 3pm and 4.30pm.”

Anyone with information is asked to message police on the live chat via the force website or call 101, quoting the crime reference number 20/549867/21.