School pays tribute to former Sutton Coldfield pupil Babacar Diagne killed in Coventry


Tributes have been paid to a former Sutton Coldfield schoolboy stabbed to death in Coventry.

Former John Willmott School pupil, Babacar Diagne, 15, was found collapsed on grassland off Petitor Crescent, Wood End in Coventry at around 7pm last Wednesday (February 5).

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Tracey Peters, headteacher at John Willmott School has written to parents and carers on Monday (February 10) and said: “I am sorry to have to share with you the sad news of the death of one of our former students, Babacar Diagne.

“Our school community is shocked and deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with Babacar’s family and friends. We are helping and supporting students and staff during this difficult time.

John Willmott School’s headteacher Tracey Peters said: “Our school community is shocked and deeply saddened by this news”

“Babacar was full of personality and everyone knew him. Today we held a special assembly in his memory and we have opened a book of condolence where students can pay tribute to their former classmate and friend.

“The sudden death of a young person comes as a big shock to us all. If you feel that your son or daughter needs support in school then please do encourage them to speak to a member of staff.”

West Midlands Police said: “The reason behind the attack still remains unclear, but homicide detectives are working on a number of possible motives.”

Babacar Diagne

Police said if anyone was driving through the Petitor Crescent area between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday, February 5, and has dash-cam footage then they would also ask them to get in touch on 101 or message police on Live Chat via the website.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Police said it is “100 per cent anonymous always – tell them what you know, not who you are.”

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