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Schoolboy stabbed to death named as pals recall watching attack unfold

A boy stabbed to death by a masked knifeman outside a school in Huddersfield yesterday has now been named.

The teenager's identity was confirmed as Khayri McLean, aged 15, by the West Yorkshire coroner today.

Khayri was stabbed outside his school in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield at around 2:45pm on Wednesday afternoon (September 21) as horrified fellow pupils watched on.

Alfie Wilkinson, 12, described how his friends had seen "two guys in balaclavas" hanging around the school before it shut for the day and claimed they had an obvious target.

He said: “They knew who they were going for and unfortunately they got him.”

Meanwhile pal Ruben Duncan-Keane, also 12 and who knew Khayri, added: “I’m traumatised. I just saw him laid on the floor and saw a teacher trying to give him chest compressions.

“His eyed rolled back into his head and I knew at that point he’d lost his life.”

The two boys recounted seeing a teacher performing CPR on the victim following the attack, before he was taken to hospital, where sadly doctors were unable to save him.

The pair went back to the scene of the vicious murder with their mums this morning to lay flowers in Khayri's memory.

Alfie added: “I didn’t get much sleep last night, I kept waking up

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“As soon as I heard the news that he’d died I burst into tears.

“I didn’t even know him but I’m here laying flowers for him because nobody should lose their life like that.

“He’d just started year 11 and was preparing for his GCSEs. It shouldn’t happen.

“The least we can do is come here and pay our respects.”

Speaking after the event, Khayri's headteacher expressed his devastation at the news.

He said: “It is with enormous sadness that I must tell you that following an incident on Woodhouse Hill Road yesterday one of our pupils has tragically lost their life.

“The pupil was taken by ambulance to hospital after the incident but despite the most valiant of efforts, medical staff were unable to save their life.

“This is truly shocking news for our pupils, your children, and our staff. We will be providing specialist support for any among our community who feel they could benefit.”

The news comes following news that a suspect, 16, was arrested today (September 22) in connection with the death.

West Yorkshire Police issued a statement this morning, saying: "The youth was arrested at an address in Huddersfield shortly before 5am this morning in connection with the incident in Woodhouse Hill, Fartown, yesterday afternoon.

"He remains in custody and enquiries are ongoing led by detectives from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team."

Police cordons remain in police at three scenes on Woodhouse Hill Road.

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