The 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death at a birthday party on Saturday night has been pictured.
Mikey Roynon, 16, locally known as aspiring drill rapper ‘YM’ was attacked during the bash that locals say was crashed by a 200-strong mob after being advertised on social media.
His injuries were so severe that he died at the scene from a single stab wound at the house in the leafy suburb of Weston, near Bath, just after 11pm on Saturday night. A 35-year-old woman who was also injured during the attack was later released from Royal United Hospital.
Three boys – a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old from Wiltshire and a 15-year-old from Dorset – remain in police custody and continue to be questioned by detectives.
Eight teenagers, who were arrested within half an hour of the incident from a bus on Lansdown Lane, have since been released from custody and no further action will be taken against them.
Mikey Roynon, the 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death at a birthday party on Saturday night, has been pictured
The aspiring drill rapper known as ‘Mikey’ or ‘YM,’ was attacked during a birthday bash on Saturday
Friends and relatives paid tribute to the ‘funny’ and ‘fearless’ teenager, who died on Saturday night
Detective Inspector Mark Newbury, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said on Monday: ‘Mikey’s family have been informed of these developments and our thoughts continue to be with them as they come to terms with their loss.
‘Specialist family liaison officers supported them through the formal identification process which is something no family should ever have to experience.
‘The investigation into Mikey’s murder continues at pace with a team of officers and staff working tirelessly to piece together what happened.
‘A cordon remains in place at the scene, and we continue to appeal for anyone who has images, footage or information which could help our inquiry to get in touch.’
On Sunday, shocked family and friends of the victim, who was from Kingswood, Bristol and had just finished his GCSE exams, attended a special tribute for the ‘kind and thoughtful soul’ where helium-filled balloons were released into the air.
Mikey had worked part time as a loader for Siggz Of The Dump, a licensed rubbish clearance and waste disposal operating in the Bristol area, and had been due to start a full time job as a loader there today.
His boss Craig Sawyer said: ‘He was a great lad with a great heart. He was an amazing lad and all my customers loved him.
‘He used to ring me before school and after school to work, he was a hard worker. All my customers loved him and will miss his smile and politeness.
‘He was due to start full time from today, as he’s just done his GCSEs, which he was looking forward to.’
One family member said: ‘This world is so, so cruel and this was never ever meant to happen. Rest easy my boy.’
Another family member said: ‘Such a cruel world we live in.’
A friend added: ‘He was so loved my so many. Absolutely heartbreaking.’
Another tribute read: ‘My house won’t be the same without him, always cracking jokes making me laugh.’
One neighbour said yesterday: ‘They posted the 16th birthday party on social media, there were maybe 200 kids there.’
A GoFundMe has been set up by a relative and has raised more than £1,500 towards his funeral costs.
Police closed off part of Eastfield Avenue at the scene of a fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy
Police confirmed that several witnesses have come forward and that residents can expect a large police presence in the area over the coming days
It reads: ‘As you can imagine his mum and dad are distraught their son will for ever be 16. Mikey was such a kind loving and thoughtful soul who cared so much about his friends and family.
‘He was so funny and fearless. This money will more than likely go towards the expenses his family now need to pay out, loss of earnings, funeral, headstone etc. anything of their choice.’
Chief Inspector Ronald Lungu, of the Bath Neighbourhood Policing team, said on Monday: ‘This tragedy is one too many and it should not be allowed to happen anywhere.
‘I hear the community’s concerns about this and other recent incidents and would like to reassure them we are doing everything we can to tackle knife crime in Bath, as well as in other towns and cities across our policing area.
‘We’re working closely with our partners to educate and divert young people away from crime as we recognise many of them are vulnerable and need support.
‘We also take a strong approach to enforcement and when necessary and appropriate, will robustly deal with offenders and bring them to justice.
‘Anyone concerned about Mikey’s death or who has worries more generally about knife crime is encouraged to talk to officers.’