Police vow to find killer who stabbed Ben, 16

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By Walsall Advertiser | Friday, August 03, 2012, 09:00

POLICE are doing "everything in their power" to discover how a Walsall teenager was murdered last weekend.

Former Alumwell School pupil Ben Morutare was stabbed outside Smethwick Home Guard and Old Comrades Club in Smethwick on Friday, July 27.

The 16-year-old was stabbed in the leg and was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital, where he later died.

A murder investigation was launched and the scene was cordoned off as officers commenced their investigations.

Detectives are following up a number of lines of enquiry as they attempt to piece together the turn of events that led to Ben's death and are urging people who were at the party and who have not already spoken to the police to contact them.

Detective Inspector Gary Plant, from Force CID, said: "We do not underestimate the devastating impact the death of this young man will have on his family and the local community.

"We will do everything within our power to establish how Ben died. Officers continue to conduct house to house enquiries and part of the area around the club is still currently cordoned off.

"I would like to thank the local community for their patience and support as we continue with our investigations and would urge anyone who can help us with any information to speak to us at their earliest opportunity.

"My officers and family liaison officers have been speaking to Ben's family and continue to offer them support and our thoughts and condolences remain with them at this time."

Ben, who was believed to be studying at Alumwell Business and Enterprise College, had attended an 18th birthday party at the Smithwick club.

At around 12.45am on Saturday, July 28, officers were called to a disturbance at the club.

When they arrived they were told by door staff that police were no longer needed as there were no signs of disorder.

A further emergency call was made just before 1.30am, when officers came across a large group of people in the street following a disturbance.

It is believed Ben was stabbed in the leg during that disturbance.

The Advertiser knocked the door of Ben's family home in Walsall Wood but they were unable to comment.

Anyone with information can contact Force CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.

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