Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020

Family pay tribute to 'remarkable' boy, 16, stabbed to death on Bonfire Night

The family of a teenage boy, 16, stabbed to death in Manchester have paid tribute to a ‘remarkable man who was full of energy’.

Alexander John Soyoye, known as John, was attacked on Birchenall Street, Moston just after 7pm on Thursday.

Emergency service workers tried to save him but the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement released on Friday, John’s family said: ‘He was a remarkable man that was full of energy, intelligence and love. His energy was felt by everyone that met him.

‘He was smart, caring and friendly and he will be missed but remembered.’

A man, 18, who later went to hospital with apparent stab wound injuries, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in hospital.

Greater Manchester Police said officers believe the incident occurred following an altercation between a number of males armed with weapons.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow said it was believed to be a ‘targeted attack’ and urged witnesses to come forward.

He said: ‘First and foremost, we want to express our deepest sympathies to the family of this young boy who has had his life tragically taken from him.

‘All our thoughts are with them as they try to come to terms with this devastating loss and we have a dedicated team of officers around them to provide support.

‘We believe this to have been a targeted attack and we are confident there are people out there who know what happened or know the identity of those involved.

‘Any information could prove vital to our investigation so please do the right thing and submit information via the major incident public portal.

‘The family of this young boy deserve justice and we need the help of the community to trace those involved.’

Anyone with information should call the police on 101 quoting incident number 2639 of 05/11/20, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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