Boy, 16, stabbed to death in 'targeted attack' is pictured as family pay tribute to 'remarkable' teenager

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy stabbed to death in what police are calling a targeted attack has been pictured as his family pay tribute to a "remarkable" young man.

Alexander Soyoye was attacked by a number of men in Moston, Greater Manchester shortly after 7pm on Thursday.

Police say that a large group of men were seen chasing a small group along Birchenall Street before surrounding Alexander and hitting him with a variety of weapons.

Emergency services attended and made attempts to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement paying tribute to him, Alexander'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."

An 18-year-old man today checked himself into a hospital with injuries from an apparent stab wound.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in hospital while he receives treatment.

Police have launched a murder inquiry and an investigation is ongoing.

A statement by Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow of Greater Manchester Police's Major Investigation Team read: “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.

"We have a dedicated team of officers around them to provide support.

“Our investigation is advancing but we are urging the public to get in touch with police if you believe you have information that could assist us in our enquiries.

"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.

"The family of this young boy deserve justice and we need the help of the community to trace those involved.”  

A Major Incident Public Portal has been launched to allow members of the public to submit any information that might assist the investigation.

The public can also contact the police on 0161 856 4711, quoting incident number 2639 of 05/11/20, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111..

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