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Chilling CCTV shows student Luke O’Connor, 19, rowing with ‘man with skateboard’ moments before he was stabbed to death | The Sun

CHILLING CCTV footage has emerged of a student rowing with a another man just moments before he was stabbed to death.

Luke O’Connor, 19, tragically died in hospital as a result of his injuries, having been stabbed in Fallowfield, Manchester, at around 2am on October 26.


Witnesses claim the student was stabbed after getting into a 2am row that turned violent.

He tried to defend himself after a man started hitting him with a skateboard, fellow students have said.

The footage seemingly shows Luke rowing with a man with a skateboard and is believed to show the moments before the stabbing.

Mohammed Khan, 22, said: "It was horrific way for such a young student to lose his life so quickly.

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"The student got into a row on his way back from a house party.

"I don't know what happened and whether he bumped into the guy, but he started rowing with a man with a skateboard.

"Next minute the guy started swinging the skateboard at him and hitting him across the head."

He added that the pair exchanged punches before falling onto a car and into the road.

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He added: "It was horrendous and really violent – like something out of a video game.

"Then the skateboard guy stabbed him. The student staggered for a bit then fell into the road."

Luke's family have demanded justice over his killing.

Paying tribute to him, they said: “Our hearts yearn for the loss of Luke; we are truly devastated by this tragedy. Luke was loved by so many people, and he knew how much he was loved in return.

"He was a second year Business Management student at university. He loved the freedom of student living and studying and was loving life in Manchester.

"Luke was the youngest of three boys in our family and was a gentle giant with big hopes and dreams for the future.

"His biggest dream was to travel the world, but now Luke will never be able to fulfil that dream.

"Luke loved music, football and was a big supporter of Liverpool Football Club, who he followed religiously from a young age.

"He had a profound impact on so many people throughout his life. He was truly one of a kind, who’s presence would light up any room.

"Luke’s friends also adored him, as he adored them. They often called Luke a ‘Legend’ and ‘the life and soul’ of everything he did. Everyone who met him, truly loved him.

"Our lively, bubbly, beautiful boy has been taken from us and our family are now left with a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

"Justice needs to be served as we have lost our beautiful young Luke, who was robbed of life.

Our lively, bubbly, beautiful boy had been taken from us

"We will continue to honour his name for as long as we are all here, and his legacy with go on forever.”

Luke’s family have asked for privacy while they grieve for their loss.

The Manchester Metropolitan University student was attacked at random by a stranger, Greater Manchester Police confirmed.

He was given CPR and rushed to hospital, but tragically died a short time later.

Cops have launched an urgent hunt for the attacker.

'A TERRIBLE CRIME'

Detective Superintendent Neil Jones of Greater Manchester Police said at the time of the attack: "This was a terrible crime which has robbed a young man of his life and my thoughts are with his family at this devastating time.

"I understand it will cause distress and concern to many in Fallowfield and across Manchester more widely, including our large student community.

"The investigation is in its early stages, but I can assure you that our officers are working round the clock and carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.

"We are actively pursuing leads and will relentlessly pursue the offender to ensure they are brought to justice.

"There will be more officers out on the streets in Fallowfield and the surrounding area over the coming days conducting high visibility and plain clothes patrols to gather intelligence and reassure the community.

"Greater Manchester Police operates a Student Safe Operation with our partners on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights where our officers patrol the student areas at night, and these efforts will ramp up and be given extra resources.

"I hope this goes someway to reassure the community and if anyone has any information about this incident or has any concerns, I urge you to speak to these officers. They are there to help and support you."

Cops urged anyone with information to contact GMP by calling 101 quoting Log 240.

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