Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 16-year-old boy who was found with stab wounds in Manchester.
Emergency services were called to Thirlmere Avenue in Stretford, a town about four miles southwest of the city, at about 7pm on Saturday.
Teenager Kennie Carter was taken to hospital after being treated by paramedics at the scene, but later died of his injuries, Greater Manchester Police said.
Four teenagers – all boys aged between 15 and 17 – have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the inquiry.
Speaking at Stretford police station on Sunday afternoon, Superintendent Caroline Hemingway said: “Last night – shortly before 7pm – a teenage boy was tragically stabbed to death on Thirlmere Avenue, a short distance away here in Stretford.
“He was just 16 and has formally been formally identified Kennie Carter.
“My thoughts – as a police officer and as a mother of a teenage son – go out to Kennie’s loved ones, who will receive as much support as we can give through our specially-trained officers.
“A murder investigation is under way, and a team of detectives from our major incident team have been working through the night and into today to follow up a number of different lines of inquiry, and to piece together the circumstances leading to this callous attack.”
Superintendent Hemingway went on to condemn knife crime, saying Kennie’s death was another “devastating consequence” of something that “destroys lives, families, and communities”.
She continued: “It’s so heartbreaking to see such a young life lost, and such young people suspected of being capable of a horrendous act of violence.
“We will not relent in tackling this problem in our society, and we are doing all we can with partners and the community to stop more young lives being lost on our streets.
“It’s vital the public give us any information or concerns, knowing we’ll treat it with the strictest confidence. This can be done by contacting police/major incident room, or Crimestoppers anonymously.”
Superintendent Hemingway urged people to think about the consequences of carrying a knife.
“A family is today grieving the loss of a much-loved young soul,” she said. “If you know someone carrying a knife, look out for them: think of how their actions could cost someone a life, ruin a poor family’s life, wreck their own life, and wreck the lives of their loved ones.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101, quoting incident 2529 of 22/01/2022.
Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.