‘Total Tragedy’: School pay tribute to boy, 15, who knocked on neighbours’ doors for help before dying from fatal stab wounds


ributes have been paid to a schoolboy, 15, who begged for help as he suffered fatal knife wounds after being stabbed several times in Bolton.

The teenager, named locally as Reece Tansey, knocked on the door of a nearby house to ask for help after he was attacked in Walker Avenue shortly before 4.45am on Tuesday.

A relative posted a photo of the boy on Facebook with the caption “Rest in peace. I love you to the moon and back.”

No arrests have yet been made and detectives are carrying out a number of lines of inquiry, added police.

A cordon is in place covering a large section of Walker Avenue in Great Lever, with a forensic tent in the front garden of one address.

The victim was a pupil at Harper Green School in Farnworth.

In a message to parents on its website, the school said: “The school community is shocked and saddened by this terrible news and our thoughts are with the student’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“For a life to be ended at such a young age is a total tragedy.

“We will ensure any students who need it receive support and advice through our pastoral system.

“Harper Green is a close-knit community, we will work together over the coming days and weeks in supporting all those affected.”

Police at the scene (Kim Pilling/PA) / PA Wire

Close friends took to Instagram to pay their respects to the fallen teen and released balloons in a memorial service close to the school he attended.

One wrote: “At Harper Green field today me and a few close friends of Reece Tansey have decided to buy a bunch of balloons to set off for him and give him a proper send-off. If you are a close friend of Reece or family or even wanna be there to show some respect and love turn up.”

“Rest in peace cuz. Everyone misses you brother”, another wrote.

Appealing for information, Detective Superintendent Chris Bridge said: “This incident will understandably be a huge shock to the community and our thoughts are with the boy’s family at this awful time.

“These are very early stages of our investigation but we would like to reassure the public that we are doing all we can to piece together what happened and find those responsible.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area whilst we carry out a number of lines of inquiry and anyone concerned in the local neighbourhood can speak to our officers.

“I would urge anyone who may have information or witnessed anything in the area to come forward.

“Even the smallest information may be crucial to our investigation.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting incident 359 of 04/05/2021 or report online at gmp.police.uk; or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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