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Darlaston murder victim named as police hunt for killer

A man with a ‘huge sense of humour’ and ‘a massive heart’ who died after being stabbed in the leg during a fight in Darlaston last Wednesday (24 July) has been named as Shane Mayer.

The 21-year-old from Wolverhampton died from his injuries in hospital on Saturday as detectives launched a murder investigation into the incident on Forge Road. A post mortem examination will take place later today (Tuesday 30 July).

Shane Mayer
Shane Mayer died after being stabbed in Darlaston

Shane’s family have spoken of their devastation at his loss. They said: "Our Shane, the ache in our hearts is unexplainable; we are all broken now forever. We have not only lost our son, his sister has lost her only brother. His family have lost their spark for life. Shane meant the world to all of us. We were a team and it's been destroyed and taken from us so soon.

“Shane was the life of this family. He kept us all entertained hours on end with his sarcastic ways, his huge sense of humour and his massive heart that captured us all. He was his mother’s keeper, his dad’s soldier and the one that made us all feel safe and protected. He absolutely loved life, he had many best friends and loved to travel to many places and still had so much more life to live. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. There’s just so many questions of why, how, who - we just cannot come to terms with it.

“All we want now is justice for our son, he never deserved this one bit. Our Shane would never have done this to anyone in his life and would have helped anyone that went through that tragic ordeal as well. Walking round with knives for protection or to intend to hurt someone isn’t clever when you feel the pain our family is all feeling today.”

Shane Mayer
Shane 'loved to travel' and was 'the life of this family'

Two men, both aged 18, were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murder – one has been released on police bail and the other has been released without charge.

A 19-year-old man who handed himself into police on Friday (26 July) and was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been released on police bail. 

A 21-year-old man who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of affray has been released while enquiries continue. 

Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, from the force’s homicide team, said: “Our thoughts are with Shane’s family as yet another young man loses his life to knife crime.

“We are determined to bring Shane’s killer to justice and we continue to ask anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch with us.”

Police can be contacted via Live Chat at between 8am and midnight or on 101 anytime. Please quote log number 3207 of 24 July. Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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