The community of Bristol mourns the loss of two young lives, Mason Rist and Max Dixon who were tragically attacked on Saturday night in Knowle West.
Max Dixon, 16, and Mason Rist, 15, were attacked by a group of individuals in Knowle West at approximately 11:20 pm. Unfortunately, they both passed away due to their injuries while receiving treatment at the hospital.
Authorities from Avon and Somerset Police have initiated a murder inquiry following the tragic events in the Knowle West district. A 44-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy have been apprehended and are currently in custody.
Mason’s grandmother, devastated by the attack, visited the site this morning, where tributes including flowers and candles have been left for the teenagers.
Gail Iles, Mason’s grandmother, disclosed that the young lad was a devoted Liverpool fan who tragically lost his father, Shayne Rist, to Covid. She expressed a wish for the club to honor him, saying, “It is so tragic.”
In a heartfelt Facebook tribute, a woman believed to be Max’s mother conveyed her anguish at the loss, stating, “Devastated, our lives will never be the same without you my boy.”
A mother, preferring anonymity, shared her acquaintance with both Mason and Max through her daughter, who attended Knowle Park Primary School with them. She described them as “lovely kids” and expressed the community’s shock and grief.
Max’s sister, Kayleigh, poured out her emotions in a poignant Facebook tribute, expressing her love and sorrow for her brother, emphasizing his kind and unique nature.
An eyewitness, Kirsty Kidd, recounted the harrowing experience of being present at the scene of the stabbing, where she and her partner, Scott Lovell, tried to help Mason as he pleaded for assistance.
Charlie Hicks, a neighbor of the scene, described the innocence of Max and Mason, expressing shock at the tragic turn of events.
A vigil was held near the site of the attack, with mourners lighting candles and laying flowers in remembrance of the victims.
In the meantime, a GoFundMe campaign has been initiated to provide a fitting farewell for the two boys.
Football coach Scott Alden paid tribute to Max on social media, reminiscing about his cheerful personality and love for football.
Investigators are actively seeking additional suspects, and the nature of the relationship between the attackers and the victims is yet to be determined. Authorities are also urging passengers who were on a bus on Ilminster Avenue at the time of the incident to come forward.
Bristol Commander Superintendent Mark Runacres expressed shock and sorrow over the tragic loss of two young lives and assured the families of ongoing support and updates on the investigation.