Family of a teenager stabbed to death in Old Trafford releases an image of him

Rhamero West

The family of a teenager who was fatally stabbed in Old Trafford on Thursday have released an image of him as a murder investigation continues.

A murder investigation was launched on 9 September 2021 after officers were called to Norton Street in Old Trafford just before 6pm to a report of a stabbing.

Emergency services attended and found a 16-year-old teenager, Rhamero West from south Manchester, with a number of stab wounds.

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Emergency services swiftly attended and provided vital medical treatment before he was taken to hospital where he sadly died a short time later.

Other incidents and scenes were identified on the evening of the murder which detectives are working to piece together.

Enquiries have led to detectives believing that four people in a blue BMW car, which Rhamero was in, were being chased by another vehicle from Upper Chorlton Road into the residential streets of Trafford. Rhamero left the vehicle but was caught and suffered fatal injuries.


Rhamero’s family appealed for justice for their ‘beautiful son, Mero’. They said: “Our son’s life was taken away from him on Thursday 9 September 2021, on the day he started his first day at college studying catering.

“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 the 20 September.

“We are all devastated 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.”


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.

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“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. Do the right thing and speak with our officers by reporting any information online or by using our LiveChat service at www.gmp.police.uk.

“Anyone with information or dash-cam, mobile phone or CCTV footage can also submit it via our Major Incident Public Portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP21M14-PO1.

“Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”