THIS is the first picture of a 16-year-old boy who has died after being stabbed in the chest two days before Christmas Day.
Sarmad Al-Saidi was fatally knifed at a house in Preston, Lancashire on December 23.
Three teenagers have been charged with murder and were due in court today.
Tributes have been paid to the tragic teenager, who died after being been found with stab injuries to his chest and legs.
Miah Muksta, who knew Sarmad, paid tribute to the teen on Facebook. He wrote: “What a sad day and a day of grief for us.
"Today we have lost one of our youth who had the full life to live ahead of him only at the age of 16 he left us and departed to his Lord.
"It is heartbreaking to see his parents go through such tragedy a mother seeing her baby boys dead body, a father going to bury his young son.
"Allah may u give his parents sabre jameel and grant our Sarmad al saidi jannah Allahumma Aameen.”
Pal Rachelle Taylor added: “So sad what a nice kid he was."
Preston Muslim Burial Society tweeted: "Sarmed Al Saidi from Broadgate (son of Riaz Al Saidi) has passed away.
"A victim of knife crime at a tender age of 16. May Allah embrace him with His mercy and grant sabr to parents & family. Ameen."
Sarmad had been rushed to hospital, where his family had remained by his bedside.
Officers had been called to an address in Chatham Place just before 6pm on Wednesday to reports a boy had been knifed.
Jamie Dixon, 18, appeared at Preston Magistrates Court today after being charged withmurder.
A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were also due in court.
A man, 20, a woman, 28, and another woman, 36, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released under investigation.
Earlier, DCI Lee Wilson from Lancashire Police said: “While we have now charged three males as part of this investigation, our enquiries are very much ongoing.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank members of the community for their invaluable help with this investigation so far but would renew my plea that anyone with information in relation to this offence comes forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.
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