Tributes are flooding in for a popular and well-loved teenager who was stabbed to death in broad daylight in Manchester yesterday.
The victim has been named as 18-year-old Kieran Crump-Raiswell and friends, family and old teachers have been left in shock after the young man was murdered at around 2.20pm on Upper Chorlton Road, Whalley Range.
The former student at Loreto Sixth Form College was targeted by a lone attacker – he was rushed to hospital but tragically died a short time later.
Cara Kerr paid tribute to the youngster online, saying: “Kieran Crump Raiswell, April 13th 1994-January 16th 2013, 18 years that touched so many people and will never be forgotten xxx”
Another friend honoured the Manchester City fan with the club’s anthem: “Blue moon, you saw me standing alone. Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own. R.I.P Kieran Crump-Raiswell.”
HERO: Victim Kieran pictured with Manchester City ace Carlos Tevez (right)
Kieran was killed on a busy street and officers are desperate to uncover the reasons for his murder – they believe the answers lie within the community and are appealing to the public for help.
Chief Superintendent Jim Liggett, divisional commander for Trafford, said: “At this time we are looking for one offender but the area would have been extremely busy so I would ask anyone who witnessed this to come forward.
“Undoubtedly, the answers to these questions may lie within the community and I would urge residents to stand side by side with us and help us bring this man’s killer to justice.”
A post mortem examination is due to take place this afternoon and police will inform family members of the tragic death.
It is believed Kieran was stabbed in the chest and left to bleed to death in the street, while the offender fled the scene of the fatal attack.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4711, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Pictures courtesy of Facebook, with thanks