21st Apr, 2019

Partner of man stabbed to death in Solihull demands justice for toddler daughter

Felix Nobes 12th Apr, 2019 Updated: 15th Apr, 2019

THE PARTNER of a man stabbed to death in Solihull has demanded justice for their daughter who ‘asks for her dad every day’.

Leneto Kellengbeck, who leaves behind a daughter aged two, was found with critical injuries when police were called to Arran Way in Smith’s Wood just after 11.15pm on Friday (March 29).

The 24-year-old, who lived nearby and was also known as Lenny, died a short time later.

A post-mortem carried out over the weekend revealed he died of multiple stab wounds.

His partner and mother of his child Emily Coe joined his mum Jasmine Coley-Hartley at a West Midlands Police press conference to appeal for the perpetrators to come forward.

Ms Coe said: “My daughter asks for her dad everyday. And I have to say to her; Daddy’s not coming.

“Not only am I grieving for myself because I’ve lost my best friend and the person who supported me in every decision I made as a mother.

“Now I am a single mother who has to grieve for the man I share a child with.

“I have to grieve for my daughter because she’s too innocent to understand.

“And we don’t even have an inkling as to why this happened.

“We don’t have any sort of answer, any sort of suspect. We have nothing.

“I won’t rest until my daughter has justice for her dad.

“As a mother and as a woman and from my daughter I beg of you to say something.”

No arrests have yet been made, but police say they are continuing to look for CCTV and speak to potential witnesses.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “It’s been two weeks since the murder of Leneto Kellengbeck in Smith’s Wood. “Listen to his family. Do the right thing. Tell us who killed him. Call now.”

His mum Jasmine said: “Every day I come downstairs and start to cry first before I pray in the morning.

“I ask ‘why Lenny? Why? Why did they take him away from me?

“They ripped my heart our. They turned my world upside down.

“Everybody’s world is turned upside down at the minute, and they’re asking for answers.

“The perpetrator should come forward and give themselves up.

“The police are doing the best they can.

“The Prime Minister, I want her to fix the force, and give them the right money to do the right job.”

Friends have set up a a Go Fund Me page to help Lenny’s family following his death.

The page has raised nearly £7,000 in just two days.

Reece Johnson, who set up the page, wrote: “The most respectful young man you’ll ever meet never harmed nobody always showed love to everyone.

“I’ve lost a best friend due to knife crime.

“He was a best friend anyone would wish for.”

For more or to donate visit www.gofundme.com/rip-my-brother-leneto

Det Insp Jim Colclough, from the Homicide unit, said: “This is a desperately sad time for Mr Kellengbeck’s family, and we have specially trained officers in place to support them.

“We are still trying to establish exactly what happened, and need anyone who saw what happened, or who believes they might have information that could help us, to speak to us.

“The smallest bit of information could help, so please do get in touch.”

Contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, via 101 any time, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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