A private security guard has described how he cradled Yousef Makki in his arms after the tragic teen was found fatally stabbed.
Two 17-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of murder and last night detectives were given a further 24 hours to question them.
Yousef, who was studying for four A-Levels at Manchester Grammar School, had phoned his parents to say he was coming home for tea just hours before he was killed.
Police were called to Gorse Bank Road at around 6.40pm to reports a young man had been stabbed.
Paul Hughes, a former bodyguard for David Beckham, was working as a private security guard in the area and was reportedly among the first on the scene.
Mr Hughes told the Daily Mail he found Yousef ‘half lying in the road’ with a single stab wound to the chest.
He said there were two other teenagers there who were ‘panicky’ and ‘distressed’.
“We laid Yousef on the road and tried to make him as comfortable as possible,” Mr Hughes told the Mail.
“We tried to do what we could for him, but it wasn’t enough. [The knife] must have gone straight though his heart or lungs.”
Last night, Yousef’s family, from Burnage, released a heartbreaking tribute.
“Yousef was a loving and caring son and brother and he meant the world to his family,” the statement read.
“He was a sporty young man, a dedicated student and so bright. He had everything to look forward to.
“We are absolutely devastated and cannot believe that our son has gone. This senseless loss has affected the whole community.
“Yousef had only phoned home hours earlier to say that he would be home for his tea, but the next knock at the door were officers with the tragic news, it is every parent’s worst nightmare.
“We would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police and to help us find out what has happened on Saturday evening.
“Only recently had we talked about his promising life ahead of him and how he was looking forward to life.
“He was a promising student and loved by everyone.”
Det Chief Insp Colin Larkin appealed to the community to come forward with information.
He said: “The last couple of days have been absolutely devastating for Yousef’s family – something no mother or father should ever have to live through.
“Our specialist officers have been supporting them as we continue our investigation but now I turn to the community for their help.
“Do you have any information that could help us with our enquiries? Do you know something but you’ve not yet made contact with us?
“We know there were vehicles in the area around the time of the fateful incident, did you see something? Please send us your dashcam footage and any information you have as soon as possible.
“Don’t do it for me, do it for his family who tonight, and every night from now on, will have to go to sleep knowing they’ll never see Yousef again.”
Source – Manchestereveningnews.co.uk