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Micah Urquhart named as Luton teenage stab victim

Micah Urquhart
Image caption Micah Urquhart's family said he was a "well-known and well-loved boy"

A teenager stabbed to death in Luton in the early hours of Friday has been named by police.

Micah Urquhart, 19, was found in Hastings Street at about 00:40 BST, police said.

The victim, who lived in the same road, died of a stab wound to the heart at the scene, a post-mortem examination revealed.

A 43-year-old man arrested at a nearby property on suspicion of murder has been bailed.

Det Ch Insp Sharn Basra, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said officers were trying to piece together Mr Urquhart's last movements.

'Brutal' killing

He said the victim was last seen leaving his home at 15:30 BST on Thursday and walked towards the town centre.

"It is important that anyone who saw or heard from him from [then] until 00.40 on Friday should contact the inquiry team as soon as possible," he said.

Police want to trace six potential male witnesses to the attack, who were spotted around the Hastings Street, Elizabeth Street and Windsor Street areas.

Image caption The Hastings Street area was sealed off as part of the police investigation

Four of the men wore hooded tops, with one man described as black and another white with ginger hair.

Born in Luton, Mr Urquhart grew up in Hitchin and Stevenage where he attended John Henry Newman School.

His family said they were "shocked and saddened" that "his young life has been cut short in such a brutal manner".

"Micah was a well-known and well-loved boy who will be desperately missed," a statement read.

"This pointless death has left us numb and at this time we would ask that our family be left in peace to grieve and be given the time and privacy needed to process this tragic event."

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