“Within 13 minutes of leaving the safety of his loving home, Olly had left us forever. Two minutes was all it took to end him and cause us and our family catastrophic heartbreak.”
Two 14-year-old boys who ambushed a 13-year-old boy and stabbed him to death after a dispute on social media have been found guilty of his murder.
Oliver Stephens, known as Olly, suffered fatal stab wounds on his chest and back from two schoolmates in a park in Berkshire, England on January 3.
According to The Guardian, he had been convinced by a 14-year-old girl to go to the location where he was then attacked by the two boys. She had previously admitted to manslaughter and will be sentenced with the two boys at a later date. None of the three can be identified due to legal reasons.
A jury at Red Crowning Court was told that both of the boys had grievances against Olly because they believed that he “grassed” on them to the brother of a boy they had mocked in a social media group chat.
Several messages on Snapchat were presented to the jury in the days leading up to the murder.
The girl said in one message to one of the boys: “Karma – he [Olly] deserves all of this.”
The older boy also said: “I actually hate the kid with a passion – if I was to see him right now I’d probably end up killing him.”
In a statement received by Olly’s family from the BBC, they describe the stabbing as a “callous and cold-hearted act”.
“He left our home on that fateful afternoon with love and laughter in his heart, with the hope of a bright fun-filled future ahead of him,” they said.