A 16-year-old boy stabbed to death in Manchester was a 'beautiful young soul', according to a close family friend.
Kennie Carter was killed in the town of Stretford, near Manchester, on Saturday, with four boys arrested on suspicion of murder.
The youngster was found with stab wounds at around 7pm and later died in hospital, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Police carried out three warrants in Stretford, Old Trafford and Hulme on Saturday night, arresting four boys aged between 15 and 17.
Tributes have been paid to the 16-year-old.
Close family friend Beckiee Carol-Jadee McCabe, said: "I grew up with his family, my family are very close with his, they are like family to me.
Police at the scene of the suspected murder in Stretford
"I’m absolutely heartbroken. That such a beautiful young soul has been taken far too soon at the age 16, he was such a quiet boy growing up wouldn’t do any harm to no one.
"Loved by so many people It’s so devastating that he’s had to loose his life, because of knife crime, He’s going to be deeply missed by all that knew Kennie.
"There will always be a place in my heart for him."
A woman who lives locally told the Manchester Evening News that Kennie was a friend of her son.
Kennie has been described as a 'beautiful young soul'
She said: “He was just a lovely boy. He didn’t cause problems or harm to anybody.
"He was funny, he made everyone laugh and had a cheeky smile."
She added: “A group of lads keep coming down and bullying the lads round here and the kids here aren’t like that at all.
“They need stopping because they’re not going to stop.”
A GMP spokesperson said: "Our Major Incident Team have four teens in custody after three warrants were executed last night (Saturday 22 January) in Stretford, Old Trafford and Hulme.
The teen did not cause problems or harm to anyone, a close family friend said
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"The suspects are all boys aged between 15 and 17, and are being held on suspicion of murder.
"A large scene remains in place around Thirlwell Avenue where the incident took place shortly before 7pm yesterday.
"Further cordons are also in place in relation to police activity overnight as investigators continue with their enquiries."
Kennie's family have been informed, police said.