A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of another boy of the same age in Gateshead.
Northumbria Police confirmed the youth has also been charged with attempted wounding with intent and having a bladed article in a public place.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons because of his age, is due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning.
The charges follow the death of Tomasz Oleszak, who was found in the Aycliffe Crescent area of the Springwell Estate at just after 8pm on Monday.
Police said his injuries were “consistent with having been caused by a bladed article”.
Investigators said the victim’s family had been left “utterly devastated”.
Announcing the charges, Christopher Atkinson of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Our thoughts are with Tomasz Oleszak’s family at this difficult time.”
Brendan Robson, headteacher of Cardinal Hume Catholic School, said: “As a much-loved and treasured pupil, Tomasz was a dedicated and committed young man who was the life and soul of his friendship group.
“Tomasz was charismatic and engaging, always displaying a great sense of humour.
“He was a loyal friend who others could turn to. As a talented footballer and wonderful team player he has been described by his friends as ‘someone you’d always want to have on your team’.
“The staff will remember his warmth, energy and positive personality.
“He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Northumbria Police said a 13-year-old girl who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.