The heartbroken family of a 16-year-old boy “cheeky chappy” who was stabbed to death have said his murder has “destroyed” them.
Kennie Carter was rushed to hospital after being knifed in the chest just before 7pm last Saturday night and died a short time later.
Eight teenage boys, aged between 14 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack on Thirlmere Avenue in Stretford, Greater Manchester.
Three have been released with no further action and five have been bailed pending further enquiries, according to Greater Manchester Police.
Kennie's family have today appealed for information and said: “Young lives like Kennie's are being lost far too often."
In an emotional statement that was released by Greater Manchester Police, the family said: "Kennie was our youngest, our baby, our cheeky chappy with baby blue eyes.
"His death has left a massive hole in our lives and our family has been destroyed. We will never have the opportunity to see him growing up and having a family of his own.
"Each day when we wake the house feels empty; we can't hear his footsteps, his voice or his music.
"We cannot believe how generous people have been, even people that don't know us or Kennie directly.”
Kennie’s family have asked the community to provide as much information as they can to the police so the person responsible is brought to justice.
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Greater Manchester Police said patrols have been increased in the area and officers have visited schools and colleges.
A spokesman for the force said: "Detectives from our Major Incident Team have so far questioned eight suspects, spoken to a number of witnesses and are continuing to make extensive forensic and CCTV enquiries at pace."
Supt Caroline Hemingway said earlier this week: "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.
"Again, we see the utterly devastating consequences of knife crime."
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