Erick Maina death: Probe into racist graffiti in Maghull

Tributes to Erick Maina
Image caption Erick Maina was found dead a house in Liverpool on Saturday

An investigation has been launched after a black teenager was found dead hours before racist graffiti about him appeared near his school.

Erick Maina who was a pupil at Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull, was found in Fazakerley, Liverpool, on Saturday morning.

Racist comments about the 15-year-old are being investigated by police.

Two males, aged 17 and 18, have been arrested on suspicion of causing racially aggravated criminal damage.

The school's head teacher Brendan McLoughlin paid tribute to the "bright and intelligent" pupil.

He said: "Erick was a popular and well-liked pupil at the school. He represented his peers as form captain and was a member of the school council.

Image caption Two males, aged 17 and 18, have been arrested in connection with racist graffiti apparently related to the death

"He was a bright and intelligent young man, always polite and co-operative.

"Our prayers and thoughts go to Erick's family to whom we send our deepest sympathy."

The cause of the boy's death has not yet been revealed and detectives are investigating on behalf of the Sefton coroner.

Merseyside Police said the graffiti appeared close to the school and also at nearby Balls Wood Park.

Mr McLoughlin declined to comment on the graffiti.

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