First picture of 'funny and quiet' teen, 16, stabbed to death in Manchester

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Kennie Carter, 16, died after he was stabbed in Stretford, Greater Manchester. (Reach)

This is the first picture of a 16-year-old boy described as a "beautiful young soul", who died after being stabbed at the weekend.

The teenager, named locally as Kennie Carter, was killed in Stretford, Greater Manchester on Saturday night.

He was rushed to hospital but later died. His family has been informed.

Four teenagers aged between 15 and 17 were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident.

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Emergency services were called to Thirlmere Avenue in Stretford at around 7pm on Saturday night, where the 16-year-old was found with stab wounds.

Greater Manchester Police said three arrest warrants were executed on Saturday night in Stretford, Old Trafford and Hulme, leading to the four arrests.

A forensic tent on Thirlmere Avenue in Stretford, Manchester, near to the scene where a 16-year-old boy was fatally stabbed. Paramedics treated the boy at the scene before he was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries. Picture date: Sunday January 23, 2022.
Four teens have been arrested in connection with the stabbing, which happened on Thirlmere Avenue in Stretford, Manchester. (PA)

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A GMP spokesperson said: "Our Major Incident Team have four teens in custody after three warrants were executed last night (Saturday 22 January) in Stretford, Old Trafford and Hulme.

"The suspects are all boys aged between 15 and 17, and are being held on suspicion of murder."

Police at the scene after a 16-year-old boy was fatally stabbed on Thirlmere Avenue in Stretford, Manchester. Paramedics treated the boy at the scene before he was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries. Picture date: Sunday January 23, 2022.
Tributes have poured in for Kennie following his death. (PA)

Cordons remained in place at the scene overnight as investigators continued with enquiries, the force said.

Tributes were paid to 16-year-old Kennie in the aftermath of the incident.

Close family friend Beckiee Carol-Jadee McCabe said: "I grew up with his family, my family are very close with his. They are like family to me. I’m absolutely heartbroken.

"That such a beautiful young soul has been taken far too soon at the age 16, he was such a quiet boy growing up - wouldn’t do any harm to no one.

"Loved by so many people It’s so devastating that he’s had to lose his life because of knife crime. He’s going to be deeply missed by all that knew Kennie.

A forensic tent on Thirlmere Avenue in Stretford, Manchester, near to the scene where a 16-year-old boy was fatally stabbed. Paramedics treated the boy at the scene before he was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries. Picture date: Sunday January 23, 2022.
Investigations are ongoing and a cordon remains at the scene. (PA)

"There will always be a place in my heart for him."

A woman who lives locally told the Manchester Evening News that Kennie was a friend of her son.

She said: "He was just a lovely boy. He didn’t cause problems or harm to anybody. He was funny, he made everyone laugh and had a cheeky smile."

She added: "A group of lads keep coming down and bullying the lads round here and the kids here aren’t like that at all.

"They need stopping because they’re not going to stop."

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