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Joshua Ribera: Police given more time to question man over murder

TC's, Selly Oak
Image caption The stabbing happened outside TC's in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham

Police have been given more time to speak to a man arrested in connection with the murder of a rapper.

Joshua Ribera, 18, died in hospital after he was stabbed outside TC's club in Selly Oak, Birmingham, on Friday.

Officers have been granted an extra 36 hours to question an 18-year-old who handed himself in to Dudley police station at 11:45 BST on Saturday.

An 19-year-old from Edgbaston, arrested after attending Bloxwich Police Station on Sunday, remains in custody.

Investigations into the stabbing are continuing, West Midlands Police said.

Mr Ribera, who was a rapper from the Moseley area of Birmingham, used the stage name Depzman.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from a stab wound to the heart.

'Stay strong'

Police were called to Coronation Road just before 23:00 BST on Friday by the ambulance service.

The attack came after an event in memory of Kyle Sheehan who was stabbed in the leg in the Bartley Green area of Birmingham on 21 September 2012.

Anyone who was at TC's on Friday night or who witnessed the stabbing is urged to call police as soon as possible.

Friends and people from across the music industry lined up to pay tribute to Mr Ribera.

One friend, Jay Kae, said: "Everyone loved him. A lot of people are hurting.

"I feel a bit lost. I'm just trying to stay strong for Depz's mum and the rest of the family.

"I hear of people getting stabbed all the time so I didn't think it was as serious as it actually was until I got there [to the club]."

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