Police have launched a murder investigation after a man has died following an assault in Rusholme.

On Sunday 26th January officers were called to reports of a large fight involving around 15-20 men on Wilmslow Road in the Rusholme area of Manchester.

A 33-year-old man who has now been formally identified as Emanuel Gabriel Simon was taken to hospital with serious head injuries after being the victim of an assault. Despite the best efforts of medical staff to save him, he sadly passed away on Tuesday 11th February.

“Emanuel came over to the UK in 2008 from Eritrea, East Africa. He had big dreams and aspirations to be a doctor and studied medicine at Manchester University.

He worked hard while balancing both his job and his studies and after taking a gap year he had been accepted to join a university in Leeds to continue his studies in medicine. Known to his family and friends as Paulos, Emanuel was a gentle giant, easy-going, quick to smile and loved life – he was dearly loved.

Being one of nine siblings, Emanuel was from a large family and his loss will have a huge impact on every one of his friends and family. Emanuel was taken far too soon and in such tragic circumstances. He will be missed more than words can say.”

(Statement from Emanuel’s Family)

No arrests have been made and officers are appealing to the public for further information about the incident.

“I would first like to pass on my most sincere of condolences to the family of Emanuel who have had to endure a horrendous few weeks and now have been told of the most dreadful news.

Our specialist officers are working closely with Emanuel’s family and we are now focused on ascertaining the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and bringing whoever committed this sickening act to justice.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been involved or witnessed a large brawl directly outside the Dubai Café on Wilmslow Road in the early hours of Sunday 26 January to get in contact with us immediately.”

(Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones, of GMP’s Major Investigations Team)

Anyone with information about this incident should contact police on 0161 856 4409 quoting incident number 691 of 26/01/2020. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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