Tribute to ‘champagne’ teenager stabbed to death while ‘coming home from party’

Luke O’Connor died after being attacked in the Fallowfield area of ​​Manchester (Image: PA/MEN)

The family of a ‘fluffy, vibrant, beautiful boy’ who was murdered in Manchester have paid tribute to him.

Luke O’Connor – 19 – was stabbed on Wilmslow Road in Fallowfield, Manchester at around 2am on Wednesday 26 October.

As a result of his injuries, he died in hospital.

It is understood the student was on his way home from a party when the stabbing happened.

Police, who reportedly found a knife at the scene, vowed to “relentlessly hunt down” the attacker.

Luke’s family demanded that “justice be served”.

In a statement, they said: “Our hearts go out for the loss of Luke; we are truly devastated by this tragedy. Luke was loved by so many people and he knew how much he was loved in return.

“Luke was the youngest of three boys in our family and was a gentle giant with big hopes and dreams for the future.

The students The family said he was a “gentle giant with big hopes and dreams for the future”.‘ (Photo: PA)

“His biggest dream was to travel the world, but now Luke will never be able to fulfill that dream.

“Luke loved music, football and was a huge supporter of Liverpool FC, following religiously from a young age.

“He had a profound impact on so many people throughout his life. He was truly one of a kind, whose presence would light up any room.

“Luke’s friends adored him as much as he adored them. They often referred to Luke as a “Legend” and the “life and soul” of everything he did. Everyone who met him truly loved him.

Buses were diverted and people were urged to avoid the area on Wednesday (Image: MEN Media)

“Our vibrant, bubbly, beautiful boy was taken from us and our family is now left with a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

“Justice must be served as we lost our beautiful young Luke who was robbed of his life.

“We will continue to honor his name as long as we are all here, and his legacy will live on forever.”

Luke, who was in his second year as a business management student, was also said to be “loving life” at university.

There will be more police in the area to calm fears among the community, while plainclothes officers patrol to gather intelligence.

On Wednesday, Detective Superintendent Neil Jones said investigators were “pursuing leads relentlessly”.

He said: “This was a terrible crime which robbed a young man of his life and my thoughts are with his family at this devastating time.

“I understand that this will cause distress and anxiety to many in Fallowfield and across Manchester more widely, including our large student community.

“The investigation is at an early stage, but I can assure you that our officers are working around the clock and carrying out extensive inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.”

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