TWO teenage boys arrested over the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Yousef Makki live in multi-million-pound homes and attend ‘prestigious’ schools, according to reports.
The pair, both also 17, were still being questioned on suspicion of murder last night after the victim was found in wealthy Hale Barns, Greater Manchester.
Yousef, who attended £12,000-a-year private school Manchester Grammar on a scholarship, was described yesterday as ‘a loving and caring son and brother’ who ‘meant the world to his family’.
He lived in a semi-detached former council house in Burnage — about ten miles from the crime scene — with his 15-year-old brother Mazen, their English mother Deborah, 54, and their Lebanese father Ghaleb.
In a statement released through Greater Manchester Police, his family said: ‘He was a sporty young man, a dedicated student and so bright. He had everything to look forward to. We are absolutely devastated and cannot believe that our son has gone.
‘This senseless loss has affected the whole community. Yousef had phoned home hours earlier to say that he would be home for his tea, but the next knock at the door were officers with the tragic news — it is every parent’s worst nightmare.’
Yousef was found stabbed shortly after 6.30pm on Saturday on a quiet street in Hale Barns, whose residents include the opera singer Russell Watson and Premier League footballers.
Manchester Grammar School — where the victim was studying for four A-levels — said there had been an ‘outpouring of grief at this tragic loss’.
Flowers have been placed outside the school and two minutes of silence observed in remembrance of the teenager, who hoped to pursue a career in medicine.
It is the UK’s largest independent school for boys and its alumni include former England cricketer Michael Atherton and Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley.
An online fundraising page set up by Yousef’s friends had raised almost £15,000 towards his funeral and other costs by last night.
A message on the page said: ‘Our friend was murdered and to help his family we are raising money to contribute to his funeral and give him a send-off he deserves as he will be missed by many. He has blessed many people and left us too early.
‘We, as Yousef’s friends, aim to provide as much comfort to his family that we can. All donations are greatly appreciated.’