A 15-year-old boy has died after being stabbed several times in Bolton.
The teenager, called locally while Reece Tansey knocked on the door of a nearby house for help after being attacked on Walker Avenue shortly before 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Greater Manchester police said he had been stabbed several times and taken to hospital, but died of his injuries.
The force said an investigation has been launched into the murder and no arrests have yet been made.
There is a cordon in place that covers a large section of Walker Avenue in Great Lever, with a forensic tent in the front garden in one direction.
The victim was a student at Harper Green School in Farnworth.
In a message to parents on its website, the school said: “The school community is shocked and saddened by this terrible news and our thoughts are with the student’s family and friends at this difficult time.
“It is a total tragedy for a life to end at such a young age.
“We will ensure that all students who need it receive support and advice through our pastoral system.
“Harper Green is a very close-knit community. We will work together over the next few days and weeks to support all those affected.”
Several hundred welcomes later gathered at the nearby Harper Green playgrounds under a rain that threw balloons in Reece’s memory.
Calling for information, Detective Superintendent Chris Bridge said: “Understandably, this incident will be a big shock to the community and our thoughts are on the boy’s family at this terrible time.
“These are very early stages of our research, but we would like to assure the public that we are doing everything possible to reconcile what happened and find those responsible.
“There will be a greater police presence in the area as we conduct several lines of investigation and anyone interested in the local neighborhood can speak to our officers.
“I would urge anyone who might have information or witness anything in the area to come forward.
“Even the smallest information can be crucial to our research.”
Anyone with information can call the police on 101 citing incident 359 on 04/05/2021 or report online at gmp.police.uk; or to maintain anonymity by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.