Artists including Wretch 32 and Frisco have paid tribute to a promising rapper who was stabbed to death after attending a fundraising event for a teenage friend who was knifed exactly a year ago.
The 18-year-old man died in hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning after he was attacked outside TCs nightclub in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham on Friday night.
The man, named locally as Joshua Ribera, who was known as grime artist Depzman, had been attending a fundraiser at the club for Kyle Sheehan, who died after he was stabbed in the leg on September 21 in Bartley Green last year.
Wretch 32 tweeted on his official Twitter page: "R.I.P depzman. A young talented mc." Well-known rapper Frisco also tweeted a tribute: "Just heard about Depz. Sad man #RIP".
Meanwhile, an official Facebook page, R.I.P Depzman, has been set up to pay tribute to the artist and has already attracted nearly 30,000 likes. One friend wrote on the page: "Resting up there with shamz, bet he's looking down at each of his fan's and looking back at the amazing life he had, he was about to make it to the top of the tops." Another wrote: "R.I.P Depzman. Forever gone and never forgotten! There will always be a place in my heart for you and my music, stay strong fans and make him proud. Your in a better place now man I'm looking up at you."
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he attended a police station in Dudley on Saturday morning, a force spokesman said.
Officers from West Midlands Police were called to Coronation Road in Selly Oak just before 11pm on Friday night by the ambulance service. The victim was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of Saturday morning. Part of the road remains cordoned off as inquiries continue at the scene. Specially trained officers are supporting the victim's family and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.
Police are appealing for anyone who was at TCs on Friday night or who witnessed the stabbing to contact them. Detective Inspector Gary Plant, from West Midlands Police, said: "We are in the very early stages of this investigation and are appealing to anyone with any information to call us."
Friends and relatives of murdered Kyle Sheehan were holding a fundraising event at TCs when the stabbing happened. They were trying to raise money for a headstone to go on Kyle's grave. Kyle was stabbed in the leg in Jiggins Lane, Bartley Green, at around 10.15pm on Friday September 21 last year. The 16-year-old was taken to hospital and treated in intensive care but lost his fight for life shortly after. Four men, aged 30, 24, 19, and 17, have been arrested in connection with his death but have been released with no further action, West Midlands Police confirmed.
Detective Inspector Buck Rogers, from force CID, said: "This is very much an ongoing investigation. We are sure answers lie within the local community and we are still appealing for people to come forward with information. We need the support of the public and the local community to find the person responsible for Kyle's death."