Two people have been arrested following a fatal double stabbing in Trafford that killed boxer Tyson Fury’s cousin, police have confirmed.
Detectives have opened a murder inquiry into the “senseless assault” in Altrincham, which took place outside a bar in the Goose Green area just after 3am on Sunday, as both victims were enjoying a night out with friends, Greater Manchester Police have said.
Rico Burton, 31, died a short time later in hospital while a 17-year-old boy remains under medical care with “serious but not life-threatening” injuries, police said.
A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of intentional assault, while another 20-year-old was later arrested on suspicion of assault and murder, Detective Superintendent Ben Ewart told a news conference Sunday night.
Paramedics found Burton and the 17-year-old with stab wounds and were receiving first aid from members of the public when they arrived at the scene, Det Supt Ewart said, praising the witnesses’ “outstanding effort” to help the victims.
All initial evidence suggests the attack was “spontaneous” and “unplanned,” he said, lamenting that “both victims should have returned home this morning after enjoying a night out with friends.”
Tribute was paid to Burton, a relative of Fury’s, who made an emotional plea for an end to knife crime on Sunday morning.
“My cousin was murdered last night, stabbed in the neck,” the two-time world heavyweight champion said on social media. “This is getting more and more ridiculous, idiots who carry knives. This has to stop as soon as possible.
“[The] The UK government needs to raise penalties for knife crimes, it’s a pandemic and you don’t know how bad it is until it’s one of you.
“Life is very precious and it can be taken from you very quickly, enjoy every moment. RIP RICO BURTON. May the Lord God grant you a good place in heaven. see you later.”
Burton, who himself won two national boxing titles as a junior, was described by one of his former coaches as “probably one of the best we’ve seen.”
“He was an absolute talent,” said Shaun Egan of Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy, where Burton is said to have trained into his late teens.
“He was such a nice boy, he worked hard and had a great sense of humour,” said Mr Egan Manchester evening news.
“What happened is just terrible. He was just a great guy. It’s devastating to hear that he died like that.”
Specialized police officers are assisting both families, said Det Supt Ewart, who told reporters he could not confirm whether the perpetrators were known to the victims.
“This is without a doubt a senseless attack and both victims should have returned home this morning after spending a night out with friends,” he said.
“Goose Green is a popular nightclub and would have been busy at the time and I appeal to all those attending on Saturday 20th June.
“Especially any friends of the victims or suspects who were with them that night who have not yet come forward.
“We have increased police patrols in the area and knife crime remains a priority for Greater Manchester Police, the devastating effect of which was shown this morning.”
Anyone with information, CCTV, photos or videos of this incident is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting incident 475 of 08/21/2022 or on 0161 856 7386 or by email this link. Alternatively, members of the public can report information via www.gmp.police.uk or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/tyson-fury-cousing-stabbing-arrest-b2149593.html Two have been arrested after Rico Burton, Tyson Fury’s cousin, was stabbed in a double stab, police confirm