BRISTOL, 29 Jan: The two teenage boys stabbed to death in Bristol on Saturday have been named locally as 16-year-old Max Dixon and 15-year-old Mason Rist.
The victims were attacked in Knowle West around 11:20 pm and later died in hospital, Avon and Somerset Police confirmed. The attackers reportedly fled the scene by car.
A murder investigation has been launched with a 44-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy arrested and currently in custody. Police Commander Mark Runacres said there are more suspects being sought in the group believed responsible.
It remains unclear if the attackers knew the victims. Tributes have poured in for the teenagers, with Mason’s sister Kayleigh calling him “one of a kind” and a “beautiful, kind soul gone.” A vigil was held Sunday at the stabbing site to honor the boys.
Max’s football coach Scott Alden described him as a very talented, cheekiest and happiest player. “The world is a cruel and dangerous place now,” he wrote.
Police urged passengers on a bus on Ilminster Avenue around the time of attack to come forward. Formal identification is pending along with postmortem examinations.
Commander Runacres expressed frustration at such crimes and determination to support the community and bring perpetrators to justice. He warned against speculating or sharing content online that could prejudice proceedings.
The priority is supporting the victims’ families through this difficult time and not causing further distress. A community meeting will be held today with police and council members.
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