LOCAL NEWS: Young man’s family appeal for funeral funds after tragic death


The family of a young man who was murdered in Bournemouth are asking for donations to help cover funeral costs. 

Kai Archer, 20, died after being stabbed in the chest when a fight broke out on St Swithun’s Road on Saturday night.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by family member, Jade Archer to help cover funeral costs and spread awareness of knife crime in the UK. The page has been shared to social media over 1,300 times and has raised upwards of £1,000.

In the emotional appeal, Ms Archer wrote: “His life was taken away from him in minutes, he wasn’t able to say goodbye to the ones he loved or even hear their voices before he passed away. 

“Kai hadn’t even made it to 21, he had his whole life ahead of him and it breaks my heart to know that his life was snatched away from him in minutes.

“This tragedy has left his family in absolute pieces. No mother should have to identify their child’s body and no family should have to bury a child.”

Police and ambulance services were called to the scene at 10.10pm on Saturday 16th November.

Mr Archer was taken to hospital where he later died of his injuries.

An 18-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week. Police have confirmed that they have obtained an extension of 36 hours for his arrest and he remains in police custody.

In addition, police arrested a 17-year-old boy yesterday on suspicion of affray in relation to the incident. He is currently assisting officers with their enquiries. 

Witnesses are being urged to contact Dorset Police by calling 101, quoting incident number 16:433, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 


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