A double murder investigation was initiated after the death of two teenagers at a party in Milton Keynes. One of the victims, a 17-year-old boy, died at the scene, while the other, also 17, died after being taken to hospital with serious injuries. They have now been named by surprised friends like Ben Gillham-Rice and Dominic Ansah, who lived locally. Neighbors say the killings were “gang-related.”
Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter Statement
Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter said there had been around 15 to 20 people at the party and that ‘the people directly involved in this incident are all likely to have known each other’.
Dominic Ansah (left) and Ben Gillham-Rice have been named as the teenagers who were killed
Cause Of Death
He also revealed that everyone at the party was invited and that there were no intruders. It was understood that a fight broke out inside the party and that Ben Gillham-Rice and Dominic Ansah were fatally stabbed in the next melee. Two tearful cousins of one of the children attended the murder site to lay flowers on Sunday. One of the cousins, who did not want to give his name, said: “ He has come here with his best friend for a long time, comes to a party and his two lives were torn from them. ‘He was also very respectful, like his family and friends. ‘The heart of many people is broken.’ A neighbor, who lives in an adjacent dead end, said she knew the children, but refused to give their names. She said: ‘This gang of children has been hanging around Archford Croft, everything is related to gangs. Another neighbor said she heard a ‘commotion’ that involved screaming, shortly before midnight but didn’t see what happened.
United Kingdom: Milton Keynes double stabbing: Teens named as Dominic Ansah and Benjamin Rice https://t.co/gDzTrQMjGt
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Police say that everyone at the house party was invited and Dominic Ansah (left) and Ben Gillham-Rice (right with mother Suzie) died after a fight broke out
‘We do know that there was a house party at the time, not here but another part of Emerson. I think it’s just because there was a house party and then the trouble started from there.’
DCS Hunter Statement
DCS Hunter said: ‘I fully appreciate the concern that this will cause in the local community and beyond, but at this initial stage I believe that everyone involved in this incident has probably known each other. ‘Clearly this is a terrible incident and we are in the early stages of the investigation. We have deployed significant resources and it is, and will continue to be, a rapid investigation conducted by our Mayor’s Crime Unit.
‘Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims and us have deployed specially trained officers to support them.
‘We remain on the scene of Archford Close in Emerson Valley and a scene has been cordoned off. This is likely to remain for several days.’
He added that detectives were keen to speak to anyone who was at the party or who saw events before and afterward at the house to contact officers if they had not already been spoken to.
MILTON KEYNES: Teenagers Ben Gillham-Rice and Dominic Ansah ‘lured’ to party and murdered!
I wonder which ethnic minority stabbed them to death? As usual, cops and media aren’t telling us.
— Light The Way❌ (@LightTheWay16) October 21, 2019
Close relatives of the dead and injured men
Close relatives of the dead and wounded men were being comforted by specially trained police liaison officers in their homes and the neighbors said they had been told not to speak with the media. A woman, whose house overlooks the property’s garden, said she didn’t see or hear anything and described the neighborhood as “peaceful.” It is a peaceful and pleasant part of Milton Keynes. There have never been any incidents, not since I’ve been here, which is quite a while, ” he said. Neighbors in the area claimed that a house party of £ 600,000 was being held. Police officers and ambulance teams were called to the property in the Emerson Valley area just before midnight. The teams attended a property in Archford Croft after reports of a stabbing. On Sunday, what appeared to be blood was stained through the front door of the house. Two men, one of 17 and the other of 23, were also injured in the incident and were taken to hospital with serious but not fatal injuries. Arrests have not yet been made after the incident and police said relatives of the victims have been informed since then. It is not yet known how many assailants were involved in the double murder but fled the scene after inflicting the horrible wounds.
forensic investigation team
Neighbors in Emerson Valley told of the horror at hearing about the double murder, with one even saying a ‘Happy Birthday’ banner had been draped over the door.
One man, who did not want to be named, said: ‘Apparently there was some sort of party going on at the house and a group of young people arrived and got into the house. I don’t think the boys knew each other.
‘Soon after midnight loads of police cars and ambulances arrived on the road and there were blue lights everywhere. I have been told that the boys who died were not related in any way and that the murders look a bit like gang violence.
‘This is normally a nice quiet neighborhood and hardly anything ever happens here. I just can’t believe that two teenage boys have been viciously murdered in our street,’ said the neighbor.
Other neighbors at Archford Croft said the four-bedroom houses on the road where the murders occurred were currently selling for £ 360,000 and not the originally estimated £ 600,000.
Another added: ‘It is really unusual in this road to hear any noise in the evening so when I heard what sounded like a serious altercation taking place, I decided to call the police immediately.
Ambulance and police crews attended Archford Croft (pictured above) after reports that a stabbing had taken place