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Luke O’Connor - aged 19 - sadly passed away in hospital as a result of his injuries, after he was fatally stabbed on Wilmslow Road in Fallowfield at around 2am on Wednesday 26 October 2022.
Paying tribute to him, Luke’s family said: "Our hearts yearn for the loss of Luke; we are truly devastated by this tragedy. Luke was loved by so many people, and he knew how much he was loved in return.
"He was a second year Business Management student at Manchester Metropolitan University who was originally from Bedfordshire. He loved the freedom of student living and studying and was loving life in Manchester.
"Luke was the youngest of three boys in our family and was a gentle giant with big hopes and dreams for the future.
"His biggest dream was to travel the world, but now Luke will never be able to fulfil that dream.
"Luke loved music, football and was a big supporter of Liverpool Football Club, who he followed religiously from a young age.
"He had a profound impact on so many people throughout his life. He was truly one of a kind, who’s presence would light up any room.
"Luke’s friends also adored him, as he adored them. They often called Luke a ‘Legend’ and ‘the life and soul’ of everything he did. Everyone who met him, truly loved him.
"Our lively, bubbly, beautiful boy has been taken from us and our family are now left with a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.
"Justice needs to be served as we have lost our beautiful young Luke, who was robbed of life.
"We will continue to honour his name for as long as we are all here, and his legacy with go on forever.”
Luke’s family have asked for privacy while they grieve for their loss.