Old Trafford Murder Arrest

21 January 2013, 10:08

Police are questioning a man on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old was stabbed to death in broad daylight in Manchester.

Kieran Crump Raiswell was attacked and killed last Wednesday as he walked along Upper Chorlton Road, Old Trafford.

The family of the 18-year-old said he ``had his whole life ahead of him'', and may have been intending to hand out his CV to shops and businesses in Manchester city centre when he was stabbed.

Greater Manchester Police say a 26-year-old man from Bracknell, Berkshire, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody for questioning.

CCTV footage released by police show Mr Crump Raiswell walking along Upper Chorlton Road just minutes before he was murdered, listening to music on his headphones, carrying his rucksack and apparently ``oblivious'' to what was about to unfold.

Seconds later his killer emerged from bushes on a side street and attacked him from behind with a knife before running off.

He was given first aid by a passing fire crew but his injuries proved too severe and he later died in hospital. A post-mortem examination concluded he died from a stab wound to the chest.

The youngster ``had his whole life ahead of him'', his family said, and was due to start university in September after finishing his gap year. The day before he was killed he had been handing out his CV to local businesses.

Police have discounted robbery as a motive and said they simply have ``no idea'' why he was targeted in an apparently random attack.

Det Chief Insp Peter Marsh, from Greater Manchester Police's Major Incident Team, said: ``We have made an arrest but the investigation is continuing.

"I still want to hear from you if you saw Kieran walking along Upper Chorlton Road on Wednesday afternoon or if you saw anyone acting suspiciously.''

Mr Crump Raiswell lived with his father, an interpreter, and mother, a council worker, along with a younger brother and sister in the Chorlton area of south Manchester.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4711 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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