First picture of ‘much loved’ son, 19, stabbed to death as family pays tribute

A “much loved” teenager who was stabbed to death in the street has been named.

19-year-old Jack Barry was tragically pronounced dead at the scene after being found with a fatal injury in Hamstead, shortly after 9.45pm on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of a stab wound, West Midlands Police said.

An 18-year-old man was detained on suspicion of murder but taken to hospital with an injury.

He remains in hospital for treatment and will be questioned when medically fit, a police spokesman said.

Today, Jack’s devastated family issued a short statement saying: “Jack was a much loved son and grandson.”

Tributes and flowers were left at the scene of the tragedy in the quiet Birmingham suburb.

Drinks glasses were placed on a wall next to a row of bouquets after the teenager was found in critical condition at the spot on Sunday evening.

Local residents reported seeing more than ten police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene.

Catherine Boyle, 37, a mum-of-one, said officers cordoned off the area immediately as the residential street “lit up with blue lights”.

“It’s desperately sad if somebody has died,” Ms Boyle said.

Emergency services raced to the scene and battled to save him but despite their best efforts he passed away at the scene.

The 18-year-old was held nearby on suspicion of murder and treated for injuries before being conveyed to hospital on blue lights and sirens, a West Midlands Ambulance service spokesperson said.

His wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

Detectives are continuing to investigate and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse, from our homicide team, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jack at this deeply distressing time.

“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received so far as we seek to establish the full circumstances of what happened on Sunday evening.

“But we still believe there are people out there who have information which can assist our investigation and I’d urge them to contact us.”