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Boy, 17, charged with murdering Yousef Makki in Hale Barns

By David Prior at

A 17-year-old boy has tonight been charged with the murder Yousef Makki in Hale Barns on Saturday.

Another boy, also 17, has been charged with assisting an offender. Both have also been charged with possession of a bladed article.

The suspects, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are due to appear at Manchester Youth Court tomorrow.

Yousef, a Manchester Grammar School pupil from Burnage, died on Saturday evening after being stabbed on Gorse Bank Road in Hale Barns.

In a heartfelt statement released yesterday, Yousef’s family described him as a “loving and caring son and brother” who had “everything to look forward to”.

Yousef Ghaleb Makki, from Burnage, was a student at Manchester Grammar Schoo.

They said: “Yousef was a loving and caring son and brother and he meant the world to his family.

“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.

A picture of Yousef released by his family

“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.”

Manchester Grammar School also paid tribute to Yousef, saying in a statement: “Manchester Grammar School is today mourning the tragic loss of one of its pupils.

“Yousef Makki was a dearly loved young man and incredibly bright pupil.”

The scene on Gorse Bank Road in Hale Barns on Sunday morning