‘He could light up any room’: Distraught family pay tribute to son, 21, who died after Salford stabbing

By Glen Keogh

Tributes have been paid to a ‘popular and charismatic’ young man who died after being stabbed in the neck in Salford.

Jake Harris, 21, was found with a deep wound when police were called to an apartment complex on Blackfriars Road following reports of a ‘concern for welfare’ at around 12.30pm on Monday.

The ‘much loved son, stepson, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend to many’ died in hospital a day later.

“He always had a smile on his face and he had the ability to light up a room when he walked in it,” Jake’s family said.

“He was always happy and dependable, and he had the personality that made him many friends, not just of his own age, but people of all ages, young and old.

“He had a charisma about him and a magnetic personality which made him popular with everyone that he knew or met.

“Jake was beautiful, inside and out, and we feel lucky to have had him in our lives. He was cherished by everyone and will be sorely missed by his family who adored him and everyone who knew him.”

The family of the former Hopwood Hall College pupil, from Rochdale, have asked to be allowed to grieve in peace while they come to terms with what exactly happened.

A man and a woman who were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent have been bailed pending further enquiries while the investigation continues.

Detective Inspector Kevin Johnston said: “We are offering support to Jake’s family at this most traumatic of times and our thoughts remain with them as they try to come to terms with their loss.

“We continue to work hard to establish exactly what happened and I would urge the public not to come to their own conclusions.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5122 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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