“Kennie was our cheeky chappy with baby blue eyes”: Family pay tribute to 16-year-old fatally stabbed in Stretford

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The family of a 16-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed in Stretford at the weekend have paid tribute to their ‘cheeky chappy’.

Officers were called just before 7pm on Saturday (January 22) to report a 16-year-old boy with serious injuries on Thirlmere Avenue in Stretford.

Tragically, 16-year-old Kennie Carter suffered a fatal stab wound to the chest and 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 inquiries at pace.

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Kennie’s family appealed for the community to come forward with information and said ‘young lives like Kennie’s are being lost far too often’.

They 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.

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“We want to ask the community to provide as much information as they can to the police so that the responsible person is brought to justice. Young lives like Kennie’s are being lost far too often and this has to stop.”

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Eight teenage boys aged between 14 and 17 have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Three have been released with no further action and five have been danced pending further inquiries.

Officers in Trafford have been working closely with partners throughout this week and engaging with young people in the area who may have been affected by the weekend’s events, or may have information or concerns that they haven’t yet reported to the relevant agency.

High-visibility patrols have been deployed across the area and a number of schools and colleges have been visited and supported through Trafford Council’s education psychology service.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police said: “The Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit – a team consisting of experts in areas such as education, youth justice, public health, police and criminal justice – is continuing to work closely with partners in Trafford including schools to offer information and support.

“The work of the unit is part of the wider approach to tackling violent crime, such as working with schools to increase awareness of the consequences of getting involved in violent crime; identifying and working with young people at risk of violent crime; and developing a community-led approach to prevention and early intervention.

“We’re continuing to appeal and anyone with information – no matter how small it may seem – is asked to contact us on 0161 856 9908 quoting incident 2529 of 01/22/2022.

“Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“As part of our #ForeverAmnesty campaign to ‘bin the knife’ we remind the public that there is at least one amnesty bin at a police station in each Greater Manchester district.

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“We appeal for people to do the right thing, look out for each other and bin the knife; you won’t be judged but you might just safe a life.”



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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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