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Who was Grace Kumar? Nottingham victim killed alongside Barnaby Webber

BY Anas Shah Jun 14, 2023. 03:25 pm

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The girl who perished after a terrifying shooting spree in Nottingham along with her friend Barnaby Webber has been identified.

Local media has identified Grace Kumar, 19, as the second University of Nottingham teen fatally stabbed.

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They were University of Nottingham first-year students who loved sports and were leaving the Pryzm club.

A black-clad knifeman 300 yards from their hallways cut Barney while Grace, a star hockey player, yelled for aid.

Following the fatal stabbing of the victim, the assailant killed a 54-year-old guy who was thought to be a tradesman and stole his van.

The van was then used to run over three individuals, leaving one man critically injured and two others with less serious wounds.

As the nightmare played out, police initiated a significant investigation and detained a 31-year-old man on murder suspicion.

Grace competed in hockey for Southgate in London and was a member of the England team for young players.

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At their £2 million mansion, her parents were too devastated to talk.

Grace’s father is believed to be Dr. Sanjoy Kumar, who in 2009 intervened to save those who had been stabbed by a gang in Chingford, Essex.

Before 999 personnel came, he assisted in transferring three knife-wielding teenagers, ages 15, 16, and 17, to a temporary trauma room in his office.

It is believed that Barney and Grace became friends because they both enjoy hockey.

Last night, when Barney’s parents David and Emma grieved the loss of their first son, they were consoled by family.

Grandpa Phil, who lives close to Taunton, Somerset, said: “It’s tragic,” standing outside the couple’s home. As you can expect, Barney’s parents are in shambles.

“Everyone knows the family locally.”

Witnesses claim they heard “blood-curdling screams” as Barnaby and Grace were reportedly attacked soon after 4 a.m. on Ilkeston Road.

The 54-year-old victim was later discovered dead from knife wounds on Magdala Road by a horrified bystander.

According to the police, the suspect stole this man’s car and drove it to Milton Street.

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There, the man reportedly crashed into a bus stop while attempting to run over three people.

As a result, two men are thought to have sustained minor injuries, while one man is in the hospital in a critical condition.

On Maple Street, the van was subsequently halted, and a guy was tasered and taken into custody on suspicion of murder.

Barnaby’s cricket club Bishops Hull wrote in a devastating statement: “Today we learnt of the death of our dear friend and team mate, Barnaby Webber.

“Barney was attacked at the early hours of this morning walking home with a friend after a night out and has lost his life.

“Webbs’ joined the club back in 2021 and has since then been a key part of our club and made such an impact in such a short space of time.

“Playing more than 30 games for the club, scoring 622 runs, and taking 29 wickets, his memory will live on.

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Tragedy first struck on Ilkeston Road just after 4am, with witnesses revealing how they heard “blood-curdling screams” as the students were attacked.

Police rushed to Milton Street where they discovered three persons had been ran over by a stolen van, leaving one guy critically injured and two others with less serious wounds.

Investigators, including terror police, think the suspect stole the van from adjacent Magdala Road, where he also killed the owner of the car.

The guy was eventually taken into custody this morning about 5.30am after being Tasered by police who dragged him from the car.

This lunchtime, Barnaby’s granddad Phil Robson revealed that he had died in the catastrophe.

The heartbroken man said: “It’s tragic. We can’t say anything at the moment. Everyone knows the family locally.”

Phil, who was standing with a close family friend who broke down in tears, confirmed Barnaby was a keen sportsman.

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“The family liaison officers are coming down from Nottingham and we’re expecting them any minute.”

Armed terror police raided a house on Ilkeston Road not far from where the students breathed their last in dramatic scenes.

Police later stated that they were not seeking for anyone else in connection with the attack and were maintaining a “open mind” regarding the incident’s motivation.

Chief Constable Kate Meynell described the incident as “a shocking and tragic series of events” yesterday afternoon.

Earlier, the University of Nottingham acknowledged with “great sadness” that Barnaby and his friend were students there.

The Home Secretary this evening expressed shock at the attack.

Suella Braverman told broadcasters in Westminster: “First of all, I want to say how shocked and saddened I am that three people have lost their lives earlier today in Nottingham and that further individuals have been injured in this tragic incident.

“My thoughts first and foremost are with all of those who have been involved, their friends, their families and their communities.

“I want to thank the emergency services for their rapid response. They’re working around the clock to keep people safe and we’re incredibly grateful for their efforts.”

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