Man held after ‘remarkable’ teenager stabbed to death in Manchester

The family of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death have paid tribute to their “remarkable” son.

Alexander John Soyoye died after being knifed in Manchester on Thursday night.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and was taken to hospital with apparent stab wounds.

Alexander John Soyoye – known as John – was pronounced dead on Birchenall Street, Moston, despite the efforts of paramedics.

In a statement, 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.”

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow said it is thought the incident was a “targeted attack” and has appealed for 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 contact police on 101 quoting incident number 2639 of 05/11/20. Alternatively, people can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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