Rhamero West murder investigation: Police have a prime suspect and have launched manhunt

By Neal Keeling

Police investigating the murder of a 16-year-old boy have launched a manhunt for a prime suspect, the Manchester Evening News understands.

Rhamero West - known as 'Mero' - and three friends were in a blue BMW being pursued in a high-speed chase.

Police have now established two other vehicles were following it.

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The car Rhamero and his friends were in crashed and as they fled.

But Rhamero slipped, two men caught up with him, and he was slashed in both legs with a machete and a knife.

He was found in Norton Street, Old Trafford, at about 6pm on Thursday last week.

Prior to the attack there were a series of incidents in the Princess Road area of Moss Side which police are investigating as part of the murder inquiry.

They are trying to locate a grey BMW which was one of the cars chasing.

Rhamero West, described by his family as a "beautiful soul" (GMP)

Described by his family as a "beautiful soul" Rhamero was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital where he died.

Police have now issued an urgent appeal for phone and dash cam footage of the incidents before the chase and of the chase itself which happened in peak-hour traffic.

They are appealing for information and footage following a series of collisions and violent disorder in south Manchester.

Between 5.30 and 5.50pm on September 9th GMP received multiple reports of collisions predominately involving a grey BMW and a blue BMW, as well as reports of armed males fighting.

The vehicles are reported to have caused multiple fail-to-stop collisions whilst travelling along Great Western Street before turning onto Princess Road.

Whilst on Princess Road, the blue BMW was seen to be swerving in and out of traffic whilst attempting to avoid two males on foot.

As the blue BMW came to a stop a male plunged a knife through the driver's window whilst the other male attempted to smash the passenger side window.

A male was also believed to be in possession of a firearm whilst on Princess Road; however detectives now believe this to have been an imitation firearm.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "In an attempt to flee the scene via Moss Lane East the BMW subsequently collided with another vehicle before travelling in the direction of Upper Chorlton Road.

"Both the blue and grey BWM travelled against the traffic along the road before the blue BMW collided with a tree. The occupants, a group of males including Rhamero, fled on foot and were pursued by two other males who had exited the grey vehicle.

Following this, Rhamero was fatally stabbed on Norton Street, Trafford."

Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "This has been complex investigation but our detectives are working at pace as we continue to identify and pursue those we believe to have been involved in these incidents.

"All these incidents occurred in daylight hours on busy roads and we're confident there are people out there that witnessed these events unfold. I cannot stress how important it is for those in possession of dash-cam footage, CCTV footage or information to get in touch with police as this could prove vital in identifying those responsible.

"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who has footage of the vehicles or disorder around the Princess Road area and I urge anyone you to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency. A family has lost a young son and they rightfully and desperately deserve answers. Do the right thing and come forward."

Anyone with information or dash-cam, mobile phone or CCTV footage can also submit it via our Major Incident Public Portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP21M14-PO1.

Alternatively, contact us on 0161 856 2465 or via our LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."


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