Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021

Boy, 17, charged with murder after teen 'stabbed while protecting girlfriend'

A teenager has been charged with the murder of Rayon Pennycook, 16, who was stabbed to death in the street.

Rayon Pennycook was attacked in in Corby, Northamptonshire, shortly before 7pm on Tuesday and died at the scene.

He was said to have been dragged into a fight with other local boys after their girlfriends had fallen out.

A 17-year-old boy has now been charged with his murder and was due to appear before Northampton Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Two other boys, aged 15 and 17, have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

In a statement released earlier this week, Rayon’s family said they were left feeling ‘devastated’.

They added: ‘In fact, there are no words which can accurately describe the pain we are suffering. It is unbearable. He was just a boy, a 16-year-old boy with his whole life ahead of him.

‘He had hopes, dreams and aspirations, and was in the process of applying for an apprenticeship, which would have seen him start the next chapter of his young life.

‘Rayon is not a statistic and he will not be remembered as such – he was a unique human being with a beating heart who was loved so dearly by his mum, dad, siblings, niece, nephew and friends.

‘Rayon had a big heart and made it clear every day how much he loved us all.

‘Rayon Pennycook was a bright, kind-hearted and creative young man who built strong relationships with many members of our student community and teachers at Corby Business Academy.

‘This tragic news will come as a shock to many people across the school community and Rayon will be greatly missed.

‘We understand that this will be upsetting news for our school community, particularly those who were close to Rayon, and will be offering counselling and well-being support via our own counsellors and the local authority to all members of our school community.

‘We are all living through the worst days of our lives and our hearts are utterly broken. Rayon, we are so proud of you and we will miss you always.’

The year-11 student was understood to have been visiting a friend’s house when he was stabbed to death.

A neighbour told the Sun: ‘We heard that his girlfriend was involved in a fight and when he tried to stop it he got stabbed. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.’

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