Boxer Tyson Fury’s cousin has been stabbed to death in an attack police have described as “pointless” and “unplanned”.
In a social media post on Sunday, the heavyweight boxing champion said his cousin Rico Burton had been “stabbed in the neck” and called on the UK government to “get a higher sentence for knife crimes”.
Fury said those who carried knives were “idiots”.
Police said emergency services received several calls about a disturbance at Goose Green, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, around 3am on Sunday.
Officers arrived at the scene to find a 17-year-old man and a 31-year-old man with stab wounds receiving first aid from members of the public before police and paramedics took over.
Both men were taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where the 31-year-old died from his injuries, while the 17-year-old remains in a serious but not life-threatening condition.
Greater Manchester Police Superintendent Ben Ewart later confirmed the 31-year-old was Mr Burton.
Speaking to reporters, he said, “May I take this opportunity to first express my sincere condolences to Rico’s family and friends, and also to commend the members of the public who stepped in and provided first aid.”
Mr Ewart said the force had launched a murder investigation and special officers were assisting both families.
He said two men, aged 21 and 20, have been arrested – one on suspicion of murder and the other on suspicion of intentional aggravated assault and murder.
“This is undoubtedly a senseless attack and both victims should have returned home this morning after spending a night out with friends,” Ewart said.
“Goose Green is a popular nightclub and would have been busy at the time and I am appealing to all who did not come forward on Saturday to the 20 friends of victims or suspects who may have been with them that night who have not yet come forward.
“We have increased police checks in the area and knife crime remains a priority for Greater Manchester Police, the devastating effects of which were shown this morning.”
Mr Ewart said the stabbing was “spontaneous” and “unplanned”.
When asked what police had been told about an argument, he said officers were continuing a “very lively” investigation and that was one factor they were investigating.
On what police were able to say about the man who was killed, Mr Ewart said: “At this point I have no further information. We are in contact with his family.”
He added: “All indications are that he was enjoying a night out with friends at this point and it was spontaneous and unplanned.
“So it’s a very, very tragic end to what should have been a good night out with friends.”
Asked about Tyson Fury’s post, he said: “I’m aware of the media coverage. I cannot confirm if there is a family connection.”
Fury wrote on Instagram: “My cousin was murdered last night stabbed in the neck this is getting ridiculous…idiots carry knives. That has to stop.”
He added: “As soon as possible the UK government needs to raise penalties for knife crimes, it’s a pandemic and you don’t know how bad it is until one of you (dies).
“Life is very precious and it can be taken from you very quickly. Enjoy every moment… RIP Rico Burton, may the Lord grant you a good place in heaven. See you soon.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/tyson-furys-cousin-rico-burton-stabbed-to-death-in-senseless-attack-41927605.html Tyson Fury’s cousin Rico Burton was stabbed in a ‘pointless attack’