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Officers were called shortly before 4.50am on Thursday 18 February 2021 to reports that a man had been stabbed on Whitstable Road, Manchester.
Emergency services attended and a 39-year-old man - who has since been formally identified Alan Murphy - was taken to hospital in a critical condition with stab wounds to his arm and chest.
Despite the best efforts of medical staff, the Alan sadly died shortly after 11am later that day.
Paying tribute to Alan, his family said: "'Alan had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.
"He has left a lasting impression on everyone's hearts who has met him.
"Alan was a loving son, brother, and father to his young daughter. He is gone but will never be forgotten."
The investigation in to Alan’s murder is ongoing.
A 26-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody for questioning.
Three men, aged 20, 21 and 41 were initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have been questioned and since released with no further action. The 21-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of affray and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information should call 0161 856 9908 quoting incident 331 of 18/02/2021. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.