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A ‘kind and caring’ teenager who was stabbed to death with a machete after a high-speed car chase is the nephew of ex-England footballer Shaun Wright-Phillips. 

Rhamero West, 16, was found with horrific injuries and a number of stab wounds on Norton Street by Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester just before 6pm last Thursday.  

He was stabbed following a pursuit involving two vehicles which is understood to have begun a mile away in the Moss Side area of the city.

He is believed to have been fleeing his pursuers along with three friends in a BMW, only for it to crash.

The quartet then tried to escape on foot but the 16-year-old slipped, and he was slashed and stabbed in both legs with a machete and knife. 

Rhamero West was stabbed by two men at 6pm on Thursday following a pursuit involving two vehicles which is understood to have begun a mile away in the Moss Side area of the city

Rhamero West was stabbed by two men at 6pm on Thursday following a pursuit involving two vehicles which is understood to have begun a mile away in the Moss Side area of the city

Rhamero West was stabbed by two men at 6pm on Thursday following a pursuit involving two vehicles which is understood to have begun a mile away in the Moss Side area of the city

Shaun’s son, Stoke City youth player D’Margio Wright-Phillips, 19, has now paid tribute to his cousin on social media as a Greater Manchester Police murder investigation continues.

D’Margio posted a link to a fundraising page launched to give Rhamero ‘the send off he deserves’ and wrote movingly about the teenager.

He revealed the pair were together only a few days before the tragedy.

D’Margio wrote: ‘I don’t even know where to start with this one but I just miss you so much cuz and I need you back.

‘You was my little bro like how could this be. I just don’t even know what to say but I just wish I could have done more for you and be there more for you when you needed me.

He is believed to have been fleeing his pursuers along with three friends in a BMW, only for it to crash

He is believed to have been fleeing his pursuers along with three friends in a BMW, only for it to crash

He is believed to have been fleeing his pursuers along with three friends in a BMW, only for it to crash

‘I love you so much and words can’t describe how much I miss you and love you.

‘I saw you not even last week and you made me laugh the whole time we was with each other but really and truly words can’t describe how I’m feeling right now.

‘I love you so much cuz. RIP ANGEL MY LITTLE Bro.’

Shaun Wright-Phillips, the adopted son of ex-England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright, was among the first to have contributed to the fund.

The page describes how Rhamero had just finished his first day studying catering at Trafford College in Timperley on the day he was killed.

It continued: ‘Later that day Mero was on his way home when he decided to get some food with his friends, they ended up being chased by two cars, and then on foot through Norton Street in Manchester.

The quartet then tried to escape on foot but the 16-year-old slipped, and he was slashed and stabbed in both legs with a machete and knife

The quartet then tried to escape on foot but the 16-year-old slipped, and he was slashed and stabbed in both legs with a machete and knife

The quartet then tried to escape on foot but the 16-year-old slipped, and he was slashed and stabbed in both legs with a machete and knife

‘As they were trying to get away, Mero slipped, and suffered stab wounds to his leg and his side. He was rushed to hospital, but sadly lost his life.

‘Mero was just 16 years old, beginning his college studies, and pursuing his dream of a music career.

‘In June, Mero had created a music video with producer named Joe Vickers, and had recently been down to London for an interaction with AJ Tracey.

‘Mero was working towards his dreams, he wanted to make something for himself and his family. Mero was a kind, caring and loving young man, he lit up every room with his smile, and always knew how to make everybody laugh.

‘He was an amazing son, brother, cousin, uncle and friend, he was always surrounded by loved ones and wanted the absolute best for everyone.

‘It was just the beginning of Mero’s life and he was tragically taken from us too soon, he is and will be so incredibly missed by all.’

A murder investigation has been launched and enquiries have led to detectives to believe Rhamero and three others were in a blue BMW which was chased by another vehicle into Old Trafford from Upper Chorlton Road.

The BMW crashed and Rhamero fled but he slipped, was caught and was slashed and stabbed in both legs with a machete and knife.

Paying tribute to him at the weekend, Rhamero’s family 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.

‘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.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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