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Family pay tribute to Failsworth murder victim Joe O’Brien

Joe O’Brien

Police have made arrests after a man was murdered following a fight in Failsworth.

At around 3am on Sunday 21 April 2019 police were called to reports of a large fight outside the Royal Oak Hotel pub on Oldham Road.

On arrival police found three men aged 24, 23 and 21 had been injured, two of whom had been stabbed.

The 24-year-old man had serious stab wounds. He was taken to hospital where he sadly died shortly thereafter.

He has been formally identified as Joe O’Brien, aged 24, from Blackley, Manchester.

The 21-year-old man was taken to hospital where he remains receiving treatment for stab wounds that are not believed to be life threatening.

A 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

They remain in custody for questioning.

Joe’s mother, Roz McDonald, said: “Joe was a much loved son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew and friend to many.

“He was hard working and had a great sense of humour. He was kind and generous, both with his time and with his money.

“His friends, his family and Manchester United were his life.

“Joe worked as a barrister’s clerk at Deans Court Chambers in Manchester and he loved this job.

“The majority of Joe’s time was spent either with his friends, or caring for his mother, who he always put first.”

Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Chatterton from GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “We are deeply saddened by Joe’s death and we are determined to find answers for his family, who are being cared for by specialist officers at this dreadful time.

“While we have made arrests, it is absolutely essential that anyone with information comes forward to the police as soon as possible.

“Were you in the Failsworth area early on Sunday morning? Did you witness the altercation or have any information that can assist us?

“If so, please contact officers immediately. Even the smallest piece of information can assist our lines of enquiry and help solve cases such as these.”

Information can be left with police by calling 0161 856 9908 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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