‘Amazing boy’, 20, killed in ambush outside store moments after telling friend to ‘take care’


A 20-year-old man who was stabbed to death in Tameside told a friend to “watch out” moments before he was killed.

Dylan Keelan, hailed by friends and family as an “amazing guy”, had been to a party and went to a store to buy balloons.

While in the store, he was described as being in a good mood, laughing and joking around.

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However, screams were heard moments after Dylan had left the store, after he was ambushed and stabbed. They found him on the floor, where a client gave him CPR before the police and ambulance arrived, but Dylan tragically died from his injuries.

Talking with him MENS, The friend said: “He went to the store to buy some balloons and as he was leaving he said ‘take care’ and gave me a fist bump.

“When he came out, we heard people screaming, and then we went out and saw some people running away.

“He was on the floor and a client tried to give him CPR.

“He was such a nice guy and in a great mood.”

Dylan Keelan was stabbed in Dukenfield

Dyland died after being attacked on Cheetham Hill Road in Dukinfield on Friday.

Four teenagers, two 16 and two 17, were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two remain in custody for questioning, while two were released yesterday under investigation.

Dylan’s mother paid a heartbreaking tribute to her son last night.

In a statement released by police, she said: “Dylan, my son, was a lovely, hard-working, kind and respectful boy.

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“He absolutely loved his family and close friends.

Floral tributes for Dylan Keelan are left on Cheetham Hill Road
Floral tributes for Dylan Keelan are left on Cheetham Hill Road

“Dylan will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of being around him. He will never be forgotten and will always be in my heart and a part of my life. It’s hard to put into words right now because I am heartbroken and insane.

“I just want to thank everyone for their support, kind words and donations.

“Finally, in Dylan’s own words, ‘he always finds a way to turn a negative into a positive,’ so let’s stay strong together.”

Dylan is the third young man stabbed to death in Manchester in just 14 days.

The police are looking for witnesses to Dylan’s murder.

Detective Inspector Lee Shaw, from GMP’s Major Incidents team, said: “Our thoughts are with Dylan’s loved ones and specialist colleagues are reaching out to them.”

“We have two suspects in custody, but our investigation is ongoing, so I’m calling on anyone who can help us in any way, shape or form to get in touch.”

“Additional officers remain in the area to reassure the community as they exercise their powers to carry out further stop and search under Section 60.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police by quoting 2866 02/04/22 via 0161 856 3400, gmp.police.uk or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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