Man, 22, arrested in connection with killing of Christina Edkins, who was on her way to school in rush hour
A 16-year-old schoolgirl stabbed to death on a bus during the morning rush hour in Birmingham has been named as Christina Edkins.
A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the killing of the teenager, a student at at Leasowes high school in Halesowen, West Midlands police said.
He was held near a Morrisons supermarket following a manhunt launched after the killing on a crowded double-decker bus at around 7.30am as Christina made her way to school.
Police said the man was chased and arrested after being seen acting suspiciously and was being held on suspicion of murder.
Neil Shaw, the headteacher of Leasowes high school, said: “Christina was a bright and popular student much loved by staff and students alike.
“We are deeply saddened to hear this tragic news and our thoughts and hearts go out to her family and everyone who knew her.
“The school is working closely with the police and a team of counsellors to provide support to our pupils and staff.”
Police said Christina’s family were being supported by family liaison officers.
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Birmingham city centre, shortly after 7.30am on Thursday.
Detective superintendent Richard Baker, from West Midlands police, said the girl was on her way to school and appeared to be the victim of a “quick attack”. He said: “This is a tragic case and the victim’s family are devastated … We are working hard to identify the offender, which involves speaking to a large number of people who witnessed the attack.”
Officers from across the force, including police dog handlers and firearms officers were involved in the hunt for the person responsible.
Police tape sealed off the scene of the stabbing and detectives were working alongside specialist forensic scene investigators at the scene to identify CCTV systems that may have captured the incident on camera.
A National Express West Midlands spokesman said: “We can confirm that a tragic incident took place on a No 9 service on the Hagley Road this morning.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of the person involved and we will offer all possible support to the police in their investigation into the matter.”
The West Midlands ambulance service said it had sent an emergency doctor, a senior paramedic and two ambulance crews to the scene of the incident. A spokesman said: “One person was confirmed dead at the scene.”