Updated: Thursday, 2nd April 2020 @ 8:03pm

Mum of Ashton drive-by victim Kieran McGrath says her 'beautiful prince' was no gang member

Mum of Ashton drive-by victim Kieran McGrath says her 'beautiful prince' was no gang member

| By Stefan Mackley

Kieran McGrath’s mother has described her son as ‘my beautiful prince’ after he was gunned down outside a pub in Asthon over the weekend.

The 26-year-old suffered serious injuries from a single gunshot wound to the chest after leaving the Sheldon Arms pub on Saturday October 4.

And in a heartfelt tribute, her mother described her grief at losing her ‘amazing’ son.

She said: “To my prince, my beautiful prince, they have taken you from me, but never your smile.

“No words can explain the devastation I am feeling inside. I feel so helpless and empty. You were and will always be the most amazing son I could have asked for, a fantastic brother, uncle, nephew and friend.

“You have given us all beautiful memories. Everyone misses you like mad and we are trying to right all the badness that has tried to blacken your name.

“’Gang member’. No, you didn't have the heart. The only gang you are part of is ours, one of love and protection. We will protect your name and soul forever. Love mum.”

'AMAZING': Kieran's mother has paid tribute to her son

Kieran was gunned down around 10.20pm outside the pub on Manchester Road while making his way across to a white Audi A3.

Despite suffering life-threatening injuries, he then managed drive to Ashton police station where he was found collapsed around 10.25pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after attempts to resuscitate him by paramedics.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody for questioning. 

Officers are continuing to appeal for information and are urging people to phone police on 0161 856 4711 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.