Greater Manchester Police have launched a formal murder investigation after a 14-year-old boy was fatally stabbed in North Manchester yesterday (Friday 15 September 2023) evening.
At around 6.05pm, officers were called to reports of a stabbing on Tavistock Square, Harpurhey.
Emergency services attended the scene, and a 14-year-old boy was taken to hospital where he sadly died from his injuries.
A 14-year-old boy remains in police custody having been arrested a short time after the incident on suspicion of murder.
A 13-year-old boy has also been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Greater Manchester Police can now confirm the victim’s name as Nathaniel Shani.
Nathaniel’s loved ones have paid tribute him and have said the following: “Nathaniel was a best friend to many, he never failed to make people laugh. Nathaniel was very kind, caring and always thinking of others.
“He was polite and the most loving person. He would always put other people first without a thought. He was an amazing brother and son to his parents and siblings.
“Our hearts are left broken. Rest in Paradise to the most kindest soul.”
Nathaniel’s family are currently being supported by Family Liaison Officers at this difficult time and have asked for privacy while they grieve.
To help with further enquiries, officers are now appealing to the public who may have been in the area around the time the incident took place.
Detective Superintendent Rebecca Boyce said: “This incident that has seen a young boy sadly die has understandably rocked the local community in Harpurhey. The Force and I would like to pass on our condolences to Nathaniel’s loved ones and we will continue to support them at this sad time.
“We now want to appeal to the local community for any eyewitness accounts or footage of any activity that we may be able to link to this investigation.
“It is crucial we have as much detail as possible to help piece together what has happened in this tragic incident where someone has sadly lost their life.
“We are keeping all available lines of enquiry open but no matter how small, your piece of information may be that crucial bit of evidence we need that can help us with this investigation.”
Greater Manchester Police have also imposed a Section 60 authority which began at 8.26pm yesterday evening (Friday 15 September 2023) and will end at 8.26pm this evening (Saturday 16 September 2023).
These temporary additional powers will allow officers to stop and search people in North Manchester in areas which are shown in the attached map.