Two boys, 15 and 16, have been charged with murder of teenagers Mason Rist and Max Dixon in Bristol.
Mason, 15, and Max, 16, died of their injuries after they were attacked by a group of people on Saturday.
The pair of suspects remain in police custody and will appear in court tomorrow.
In addition to the murder charges, detectives have also charged two men with two counts each of assisting an offender.
Bailey Westcott, 22, of Bishopsworth, Bristol, and Jamie Ogbourne, 26, of Hartcliffe, Bristol, will also appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
It comes after Anthony Snook appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with the murders of best friends Mason Rist, 15, and Max Dixon, 16.
Max Dixon, 16, was stabbed to death in Ilminster Road in the Knowle West area of, Bristol, on Saturday, January 27
Mason Rist, 15, was also stabbed to death in the incident. Max and Mason had been school friends and had been spending time together on the evening of the incident
Avon and Somerset Police launched a murder investigation after the two teenage boys were discovered with fatal stab wounds on Ilminster Avenue in south Bristol on Saturday night
Detective Superintendent Gary Haskins, head of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: ‘Specialist officers are providing support to Mason’s and Max’s families and our thoughts remain with them this evening following this significant development.
‘I’d like to remind both the media and the public that criminal proceedings are now active and the five people charged have a right to a fair trial.
‘Posting speculation, footage and images on social media could jeopardise the forthcoming proceedings while it could also cause further upset to Mason’s and Max’s families.’
Avon and Somerset Police said yesterday that eight people had been arrested in connection with the investigation.
The force said a 20-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a private place.
He has since been released with no further action in relation to the murder offence and bailed in relation to the offensive weapon offence.
Shortly before Snook was charged the mother of one of the boys lamented how she would never be able to see her son again.
Leanne, the mother of murdered Max Dixon, 16, told mourners at a vigil held tonight in Knowle West, near the site of the brutal killing: ‘It is not just me and my three beautiful girls who are suffering, the whole community, the whole family, are suffering.
Leanne, the mother of murdered Max Dixon, spoke at a vigil on Wednesday, shortly before news came that Anthony Snook had been charged with the murder of Max and friend Mason
Max Dixon’s mother had earlier thanked members of the community for the outpouring of support and emotion following the teenagers’ murder
A sign near to the scene in south Bristol where Max and Mason died after a stabbing attack
‘I’ve lost my boy and I’m never going to see that kid ever again. I don’t want anybody else to go through what I’m going through, and what Mason’s mum is going through.’
‘Please check kids’ bags, kids phones,’ she added.
‘Just check them, you’re the parents, you’ve got every right to search your children,’ she told ITV.
The local community had come together for a vigil on Wednesday to remember the boys, where they lit candles and released balloons for the teenagers.
Police have so far arrested eight people in total in connection with the incident.
Avon and Somerset Police previously said officers scrambled to the scene ‘within minutes’ of a call to an address on Ilminster Avenue, in Knowle West, at around 11.20pm on Saturday night.
Police carried out first aid at the scene before the two boys were rushed to hospital by ambulance after sustaining fatal stab wounds.
Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that the boys had been attacked by ‘a number of people’ who fled from the scene in a car.
Leanne earlier shared a post on Facebook, thanking members of the local community for their outpouring of support for the families of the victims.
‘I just want to say thank you to everyone… I just can’t find the words right now, I don’t have the energy or strength,’ she wrote. ‘We loved Max so so much.’