Birmingham, England – Thursday morning, 16-year-old Christina Edkins was on her way to school, anticipating a morning exam. Christina was donned in her uniform and sitting atop the upper deck of a double-decker bus on Hagley Road in Birmingham when she was brutally stabbed.
Christina’s family is devastated over the senseless tragedy which transpired when Phillip Simelane approached the schoolgirl and plunged a blade into her chest, killing her with a single blow. The man neared Christina slowly and silently from behind, stabbed her suddenly, and casually sauntered away.
The 22-year-old knife-wielder was arrested by West Midlands Police 100 yards from the attack site a few hours later. Phillip will be charged with the murder of the teenager.
There is no motive at the moment as to why Phillip cut the girl’s life tragically short, though Christina had previously tweeted concerns over a man’s odd behavior on the bus.
Police have not recovered the knife used and suspect the attack was random. Phillip, arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing Christina, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Police said experts had deemed him unfit to be interviewed further until he can be evaluated.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the suspect recorded Phillip seconds after the stabbing, calmly waiting to dismount the bus and make his escape. A young schoolboy, the only other occupant of the top deck, witnessed the ordeal. He heard the girl’s screams and ran for help.
Christina’s parents, Jason, 42, and Kathleen, 47, are inconsolable. They expressed feeling as though their world has been torn apart. “We are heartbroken by the loss of our beautiful princess,” Mr. and Mrs. Edkins’ said publicly amidst a communal tribute for their daughter.
Having heard rumors of protests calling for swift justice in the case, the bereft family urged others to remain patient and calm.
Christina was regarded as lovely, bubbly, and kind. She was a student at Leasowes High School in Halesowen. The young lady had been looking forward to her prom, having purchased her dress the week prior, and had been studying diligently in school. The teenager had just turned 16 and had been eagerly looking forward to driving.
Mourners have left flowers, balloons, candles, cards, and teddy bears in honor of Christina not far from where she died.