Alfie Lewis: Family pays tribute to ‘one-in-a-million’ teen who died in Horsforth stabbing as two arrested
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The family of a 15-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed on Tuesday afternoon has paid an emotional tribute to the teenager, who they described as a ‘one-in-a-million’. Alfie Lewis was knifed near his old school in Horsforth, Leeds just before 3pm.
West Yorkshire Police, who has launched a murder investigation, said two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of Alfie’s murder. A 14-year-old boy was arrested shortly after the incident and remains in custody while another boy, 16, was arrested on Tuesday evening (November 7) but has been released without charge.
Alfie’s family has now paid tribute to the teenager, saying his nickname was ‘Uncle Alfie’. In a statement issued through West Yorkshire Police, the family said: “I haven’t got the words to describe how devastated we all are.
“Alfie, you were a one-in-a-million, so funny and all-round entertainer with your rapping and dancing feet. You had the biggest heart and took care of everybody around you. You will never know how much you are loved by family and friends, and you will always be our Uncle Alfie. We love you so much.”
“Nothing will ever be the same without you. You will shine in the sky, as bright as you did in all our lives. I love you more than words can say, and you will always be with us forever. Love you Uncle Alfie.”
Alfie was killed close to St Margaret's Primary School in Town Street. His secondary school, Horsforth Secondary School is also nearby, where Alfie is believed to have attended.
The police said a scene remains in place as forensic examination and specialist searches get underway. Detectives from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are leading the investigation.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson said: “Alfie’s family are absolutely devastated about his death in such sudden and violent circumstances, and we are doing everything we can to support them and get them the answers they need.
“They have asked that their privacy is respected so that they can begin to grieve at what is clearly a very difficult and painful time for them. We fully appreciate that the murder of a child in these circumstances will cause concern in the community, and we are aware of various discussions and comments on social media.
“We would ask that people avoid unhelpful and often inaccurate speculation on social media which has the potential to cause unnecessary distress to the family and create issues that divert and distract the police response to this terrible incident.
“We are still working to build up a clear picture of the circumstances surrounding Alfie’s murder and we ask people to leave it to the investigation to find out what led to Alfie’s tragic death.
“The exception to this is we would of course still like to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of this incident, which took place in a busy part of Horsforth, or who has any information that could assist the investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting Operation Poplincard or reference 13230618644 or online via their website’s livechat.