Teenager, 17, appears in court charged with murdering 16-year-old boy in Corby
- Rayon Pennycook, 16, was stabbed death in Constable Road on Tuesday evening
- Year-11 student was believed to have been visiting friends when he was attacked
- Two boys aged 15 and 17 have been released on bail pending further inquiries
- The accused has been remanded in custody before his next appearance at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday
A teenager has appeared in court charged with murdering a 16-year-old boy.
The 17-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made his first appearance at Northampton Magistrates’ Court charged with killing Rayon Pennycook in Corby on Tuesday.
Northamptonshire Police said two boys aged 15 and 17 have also been released on bail pending further inquiries.
The force launched a murder investigation after Rayon was stabbed to death in Constable Road on Tuesday evening.
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said it was called to a private address in the town at 6.57pm after reports of a medical emergency.
Two paramedics in ambulance cars, two crewed ambulances and the air ambulance were sent, but the victim died at the scene.
The year-11 student is believed to have been visiting a friend’s house when he was fatally stabbed.
Rayon Pennycook, pictured, was stabbed to death in Corby, Northamptonshire on Tuesday
Forensic officers search hedgerows at the scene in Constable Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, following the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Rayon Pennycook on Tuesday
The accused has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday.
Rayon’s family said they were ‘devastated’ in a statement released earlier this week.
They added: ‘In fact, there are no words which can accurately describe the pain we are suffering. It is unbearable. He was just a boy, a 16-year-old boy with his whole life ahead of him.
‘He had hopes, dreams and aspirations, and was in the process of applying for an apprenticeship, which would have seen him start the next chapter of his young life.
‘Rayon is not a statistic and he will not be remembered as such – he was a unique human being with a beating heart who was loved so dearly by his mum, dad, siblings, niece, nephew and friends.
‘Rayon had a big heart and made it clear every day how much he loved us all.
‘Rayon Pennycook was a bright, kind-hearted and creative young man who built strong relationships with many members of our student community and teachers at Corby Business Academy.
‘This tragic news will come as a shock to many people across the school community and Rayon will be greatly missed.’
The year-11 student was understood to have been visiting a friend’s house when he was stabbed to death.