Family pay tribute to 'compassionate and loving' teenager stabbed to death

A murder investigation has been launched after a 19-year-old was stabbed to death in Lancashire.

Matthew Daulby, 19, was assaulted at around midnight on Railway Road in Ormskirk.

Police were called to the scene following reports of a ‘disturbance’ at 12.05am.

Matthew, who was from Liverpool, was found a short distance away. He was rushed to hospital where he later died of his injuries.

In a tribute this evening, his family said: ‘Matthew was the most compassionate, loving and funny young man with a bright future ahead of him. 

‘He adored his family, and cared for them with utmost loyalty. He loved spending time with them and gave his love so generously, making sure everyone knew how much he loved them. 

‘He had a zest for life and was always looking forward to holidays with his family and friends. He was surrounded by love from his family and we will miss him every day, for the rest of our lives.’

A post mortem examination to establish the cause of Matthew’s death will take place in due course. 

A second 19-year-old man was also treated for stab injuries. He was taken to hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.  

A 19-year-old man from Liverpool and a 19-year-old man from Melling have been arrested on suspicion of affray. They remain in custody. 

A significant area within the town centre has been secured as a crime scene. 

DCI Andy Fallows, from our Force Major Investigation Team, said: ‘This incident has resulted in a young man losing his life and first and foremost my thoughts are with Matthew’s loved ones at this time. 

‘We have launched a murder investigation and there are a number of individuals we are looking to identify and speak to. Although we are looking into what led to the altercation in Railway Road, this is being treated as an isolated incident. 

‘You will see a number of officers carrying out enquiries in the area over the coming days and I would encourage anybody with information pertinent to this investigation to come forward. 

‘We are particularly keen to hear from anybody who has footage from Railway Road and surrounding streets in the minutes before the altercation took place and the minutes after. You could have captured something that could be key to this investigation.’

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