Tributes have been paid to a teenage schoolboy who was stabbed to death by a masked knifeman outside of his school.
Khayri McClean, 15, was attacked outside of North Huddersfield Trust School in Woodhouse Hill.
Pupils and parents of the schoolboy left floral tributes and paid their respects to the teenager who was tragically killed.
The mother of his girlfriend said her daughter described him as ‘the perfect boy’.
Sherrin James, who left flowers at the scene in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, said her daughter Shyana, 16, had been going out with Khayri for around eight months.
The 35-year-old said the pair were ‘literally inseparable,’ adding: ‘He was her first proper boyfriend. She absolutely adored him and he absolutely adored her.’
A card addressed to ‘Kharyi’ was left with the floral tributes outside the North Huddersfield Trust School, while a GoFundMe page has been set up to give Khayri ‘the best send off’.
North Huddersfield Trust School’s head Andrew Fell praised Khayri as a ‘wonderful student’.
Mr Fell said: ‘Our deepest sympathies go out to the pupil’s family and friends who must feel, as we do, completely devastated.
‘They have lost a loved one and we have lost a wonderful student from our school community.’
The teenager died in hospital following the attack at 2.45pm, West Yorkshire Police said.
In a statement posted on the school website, Mr Fell continued: ‘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 statement explained that the school will not open until 10.30am this morning and then only to students who need support.
The victim was treated at the scene and taken to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency surgery, according to police.
The student was pronounced dead a short time later, and detectives from the force’s Homicide and Major Inquiry Team are leading the investigation.
Mr Fell added: ‘West Yorkshire Police have launched an urgent investigation, so it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.
‘I would urge everyone not to engage in speculation about possible causes or perpetrators and allow the police to make their enquiries.’
West Yorkshire Police confirmed this morning that a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Officers confirmed he remains in custody.
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