The coldblooded knifeman who left a teenager bleeding to death in Whalley Range yesterday ‘will be found’, vowed the Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable.
Innocent victim Kieran Crump-Raiswell, 18, was stabbed while standing at a bus stop on Upper Chorlton Road at around 2.20pm yesterday – he was rushed to hospital where he tragically died a short time later.
And the targeted attack, believed to be completely random, has left the surrounding community and the police force in shock.
Sir Peter Fahy vowed to bring the person responsible to justice by doing everything the police can, and also echoed tributes to New Year’s Eve reveller Michael Simpson – whose body was found in a Manchester canal last week,
“Our thoughts go out to the families of Michael Simpson, whose body was found last week after he was reported missing on New Year’s Eve, and the family of the young man who was fatally stabbed in Old Trafford yesterday afternoon. We will find the person responsible for this crime,” he said.
“As a parent myself, I can understand that these families will feel that these young men were taken before their time, that they died when they had their whole future to look forward to.”
HERO: Victim Kieran pictured with Manchester City ace Carlos Tevez (right)
Kieran was on a gap year before attending Sheffield Hallam Univesity to study history.
His parents paid tribute to their eldest son, who leaves behind a younger brother and sister.
In tribute, they said: “He was a loving grandson, nephew, cousin, friend and he was loved by all who knew him. He had his whole life ahead of him.
“Kieran was a quiet, easy-going boy who loved to be at home spending time with us.
“Kieran loved to watch Manchester City and he was a season ticket holder there. As well as watching football, Kieran played for FC Bluestar between the ages of 11-18 and he also played cricket for Sale Cricket club. Kieran also helped coach at his younger brother’s football club.”
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.
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