Boys, 15 and 16, appear in court over murder of Khayri McLean, stabbed outside school

Two boys aged 15 and 16 have appeared in court charged with the “joint murder” of schoolboy Khayri McLean just meters from the school gates.

Khayri, 15, was rushed to a major trauma centre but medics were unable to save him after he was stabbed on Wednesday afternoon last week.

The youngster had just left North Huddersfield Trust School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, when he was knifed by a masked attacker at around 2.50pm.

Cops launched a murder investigation and arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of murder at 5am the following day (Thursday) in another part of Huddersfield.

West Yorkshire Police said they had arrested a second boy, aged 15, on suspicion of murder on Friday as both teens were quizzed by detectives.

The pair were charged with murder yesterday (Sunday) and remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Magistrate Court today.

The teens, both from Huddersfield, West Yorks., have both also been charged with possession of a bladed article.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Detectives investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy in Huddersfield have charged two males with murder.

“Both males, who are 15 and 16 and from Huddersfield, have also been charged with possession of a bladed article.

“Both have been remanded in custody to appear before Leeds magistrates tomorrow.

“The charges relate to the death of Khayri McLean, who died after he was stabbed in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, last Wednesday.”

Both boys were told their alleged crimes were too serious to be dealt with by magistrates and they have been ordered to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday. September 28.

Police have described the incident as a “targeted attack” as hundreds of tributes flooded in for young Khayri.

Boys as young as 12, who witnessed the incident said they had spotted two balaclava-clad figures by the school gates.

They watched in horror as one teacher sprung into action and tried to save Khayri with CPR after he was allegedly stabbed.

Khayri’s devastated young girlfriend, Shyana James, 16, revealed that he’d been on his way home to change clothes and then meet her when he was knifed to death.

She rushed to the scene on Woodhouse Hill in a taxi and found Khayri lying on the floor with his heartbroken mum holding onto him.

Since the teen’s death, countless flowers have been laid at the scene, as well as candles and bottles of Yazoo milkshakes.

On his Instagram young Khayri had written about the importance of staying in school and working hard.

His bio read: “T – try hard to get your right grades, R – right grades make what you want in life, Y – you wish for all your dreams to come true”.