AN uncle has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his 14-year-old nephew.
The community in Fatfield, Washington, was in shock and mourning after the death of Jordan Cooper when a family argument turned to tragedy.
Police were called to an address at Newriggs, at 12.15am today, by another member of the teenager’s family.
On arrival officers found Jordan inside the house with multiple stab wounds.
He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, but doctors were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at 1.45am.
A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out today, but Wearside detectives are treating the incident as a murder inquiry.
A 31-year-old man, understood to be an uncle of the victim, has been arrested and is currently in police custody.
Jordan went to Fatfield Primary School, then Biddick School Sports College.
Members of his family are said to be devastated by the death.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Bent, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a tragic loss of a young life and we are working closely with his family.
“A full investigation has been launched and we believe the victim and the arrested man were known to each other.
“The attack is believed to have happened inside the house and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this death.”
Neighbours in the terraced, tree-lined street, spoke about the tragedy in their community.
A woman who lives nearby said: “It’s unbelievable. The first I heard was when I got a phone call this morning.
“It was on the news, but I never expected it to be here.”
She added: “They’re a lovely family that lives there. There’s never any noise.”
A woman who has lived on the estate for 30 years said: “It’s dreadful, absolutely dreadful.
“I’ve never known anything like this in all the years I’ve lived here.
“It must be heartbreaking for the family.”
She added: “It’s dreadful when it happens so close to you.
“But even if you don’t live nearby, it’s still a young life lost.”
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043, extension 69191.