Devastated relatives of a Winton man stabbed to death in the street have launched a fundraiser appeal to help with funeral costs.
Father of two Wesley Lennon was fatally wounded on Monday night after trying to break up a fight outside his cousin’s home on Cambrai Crescent, Winton.
At only 26 years of age, Wesley – who recently changed his surname from Barnard to Lennon – was rushed to hospital but later died due to the severity of his injuries.
Wesley’s brother, Jordan Barnard, 27, said: “My brother got murdered because of a act of kindness trying to stop a fight between a group of people.
“Instead he got stabbed in the heart and later died.
“I’m still in state of shock.
“Wesley was a fun-loving, caring person – a bit of a jack the lad but he settled down since the births of his daughters.
Mr Lennon’s daughters are aged just 3 and 6 years old.
“I didn’t realise he was so popular, since his death we have been overwhelmed by messages of support and condolence, said Jordan.
“I’d like to send a message out to young people in Salford and Eccles: Stop carrying knives.
“Families are losing lives due to your actions.”
Over the past two days family and friend have been laying flowers and tributes at the scene of Wesley’s death on Cambrai Crescent.
A 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed until 21 September after being questioned by police.
Jordan has explained how this is the second tragedy to hit the family in recent times: “We recently lost my older brother to illness and that was a struggle to raise funds for the funeral.”
“I’m asking for your kindness how ever big or small donation to help my family pay for his funeral.”
Wesley’s other brother Stuart Bratt wrote: “RIP Brother Wesley Barnard it still doesn’t seem real bro x il always be thinking of you and the memories we shared together see you when I get there Wes xxx”.
Over £1,000 of a £3,000 target has already been donated to the Go Fund Me appeal.
Police and paramedics were called to the Winton estate at around 11.40pm on Monday 29 August after reports of a disturbance.
They found Wesley with a serious stab wound to the chest. He was given emergency treatment and taken to hospital where he sadly died.
In the wake of the killing Greater Manchester Police were appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, Head of Crime at GMP said: “This is a terrible incident where a young man has lost his life. My thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time.
“We believe there will be lots of witnesses to this incident.
“I appeal to anyone who saw what happened and anyone who saw the events before or after it to contact police.
Salford’s City Mayor Paul Dennett commented: Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett commented: “My condolences go to the family and friends of the victim.
“It is a tragic incident which we do not believe was related to any organised criminal activity.
“I’d urge anyone who has information which could help the police to come forward and support the investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7336, via 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.