Barnaby Webber, 19, and Grace Kumar, 19, were fatally stabbed in yesterday’s attacks in Nottingham.
Barnaby’s family, from Taunton in Somerset, released a statement on Wednesday morning.
“Complete devastation is not enough to describe our pain and loss at the senseless murder of our son,” they said.
“At 19 he was just at the start of his journey into adulthood and was developing into a wonderful young man.
“As parents we are enormously proud of everything he achieved and all the plans he had made.
“His brother is bereft beyond belief, and at this time we ask for privacy as a family to be allowed time to process and grieve.”
Southgate Hockey Club, near Barnet, north London where Grace was a played, said people were “shocked and devastated” by her death.
It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Grace O’Malley Kumar,a huge talent & much loved member of Southgate U18’s & W1’s. We are shocked & devastated by the news,our thoughts & sincere condolences are with Grace’s family,friends and teammates. ???? pic.twitter.com/bliEVGSQ05
— Southgate Hockey Club (@SouthgateHC) June 14, 2023
A man in his 50s was also stabbed to death in the Nottingham attacks on Tuesday 13 June.
Three people were hit by a van police believe was stolen from the man.
A suspect was Tasered by police before being arrested on suspicion of murder.
The suspect, 31, is believed to be a migrant of West African origin.
Police said they were still in the early stages of the inquiry into the attacks, which occurred during the early hours of Tuesday, and had yet to determine an exact motive.
Police are keeping an ‘open mind’ over the motive of a city attack which has left three people dead – but at this time believe there is no one else outstanding in connection with the incidents.
Police were called to Ilkeston Road just after 4 am (Tuesday 13 June) after the two students had been killed.
Officers were then called to another incident in Milton Street where a van had attempted to run over three people.
One man is in hospital in critical condition while two others are believed to have suffered minor injuries.
A man was also found dead in Magdala Road shortly afterwards.