Heartbroken family in ‘shock’ after boy, 16, stabbed to death on first day of college


Rhamero West, known to many as Mero and described as being a ‘beautiful soul’, had started a catering course at college on the day he was brutally stabbed to death

The heartbroken family of a young boy who was brutally stabbed to death on his first day of college have paid tribute to the teenager, describing him as “a beautiful soul.”

Rhamero West, known to many as Mero, was found with multiple stab injuries on Norton Street in Old Trafford shortly before 6pm on Thursday.

He was rushed to hospital but tragically died of his injuries a short time later.

According to the boy’s family, Rhamero started a catering course at college on the day he was fatally attacked.

On Sunday, Rhamero’s family appealed for justice for their “beautiful son, Mero”, describing their “total shock” and devastation.

“Our son’s life was taken away from him on Thursday, September 9, 2021, on the day he started his first day at college studying catering,” they said in a statement.

“We are in total shock and want justice for our beautiful son Mero. His life was taken too soon at the age of 16, turning 17 on September 20.

“We are all devastated and are now left with an empty hole in our hearts. Mero was a beautiful soul and got on with everyone who he met.

“He will be sadly missed, lots of love son, we will love you forever – mum, dad, Remi and not forgetting your nephew Caerus. We will make sure he will never forget you.

“Each and everyone in the family right now wishes you were still here. Sleep tight baby boy till we meet again. We love you forever.”

Before the knife attack, it’s believed Rhamero was with friends in a blue BMW that was being chased by another vehicle.

During the high-speed pursuit a pedestrian was hit by a car in Cross Street, though their injuries were not believed to be serious.

The BMW then crashed in Upper Chorlton Road.

Rhamero tried to flee the scene but he was caught by two males who attacked him.

A police cordon was set up where Rhamero was found and in two other areas of Moss Side where officers are attempting to establish where the car chase began.

Detectives from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are continuing with their investigations into the incident and have urged anyone with information to come forward.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson, from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Our thoughts are with Rhamero’s family and we have specialist officers supporting his mum, dad and brother through this extremely distressing time.

“A number of detectives have been working to piece together the sequence of events and find those responsible.

“At this stage, we understand that Rhamero was attacked by two males and we’re working hard to identify them but would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

“Since the attack, we’ve already followed up a number of lines of enquiry and we’re carefully examining CCTV and forensics.

“There will be people who know who was involved in this attack on a young teenager and we would ask them to come forward – even the smallest bit of information may prove vital in our investigation.

“A family have lost their young son and they are deserving of answers.”