‘Kind and well-mannered’ boy, 17, who died in street stabbing will ‘forever be missed’

A heartbroken family has paid tribute to a “kind and well-mannered” boy who was stabbed to death in south Manchester.

Police rushed to the scene after Kyle Hackland, 17, was fatally stabbed on Southlea Road, Withington, at around 11.30am yesterday.

The teenager was taken to the hospital, but tragically died as a result of his injuries.

His loved ones said they are “devastated” and “completely broken” by the death of the boy who will “forever be missed”.

The family’s statement said: ” We are devastated by the death of our beloved Kyle. He was such a kind and well-mannered young boy who always looked out for his family – never failing to say ‘love you’ as he walked out the door.

“There are no words that can even begin to describe the pain we feel. We have always been such a close family, and this has shattered us all.

“He will forever be missed as a beautiful son as well as a caring and helpful big brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. Life will never be the same without him, we are completely broken.”

A murder investigation was launched by detectives and forensics remained at the cordon throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

Touching floral tributes and balloons were also left at the scene, just metres away from where the teenager was stabbed.

Police have said the attack was ‘not random’ and that there was no wider threat to the public. The boy’s family is continuing to be supported by specialist officers.

Yesterday, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: “Just after 11:30am today (Tuesday 22 November 2022), Greater Manchester Police were alerted to a stabbing on Southlea Road, Withington.

2The young man was taken to hospital but sadly passed away a short time later as a result of his injuries.

“His next of kin have been informed and specially trained officers are supporting them at this difficult time.

“We do not believe that this was a random attack and early enquiries suggest that there is no threat to the wider public.”

Detective Superintendent Neil Jones of GMP South Manchester Division said: “Our thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones at this devastating time, and I understand this will cause distress and concern to the community and across Manchester.

“We are in the early stages of our investigation, but I can assure you that our officers are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.

“You may notice that there will be an increase in officers out on the streets in the Withington and Burnage area over the coming days to gather intelligence and offer reassurance to the public.

“If anyone has any information about this incident or has any concerns, I encourage you to speak to these officers. They are there to help and support you. This can also be done anonymously via Crimestoppers.

“I also ask anyone who has dash cam or CCTV footage from this area to contact us on 0161 856 1995 quoting incident 1125 of 22/11/2022.”