A 17-YEAR-OLD is to stand trial later this year charged with the murder of a man in Dukinfield.
Dylan Keelan died after an incident close to a store on Cheetham Hill Road on the evening of Friday. February 4.
Now after five youths were arrested, one boy will face a jury after being charged with murder and threatening a person with a blade or sharply pointed article in a public place.
He has already appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court, where he was committed for trial starting on July 18.
Four other teenagers were arrested in connection with the incident. Two juveniles remain on bail while two who were released under investigation will have a decision made on their status in the next few weeks, according to Greater Manchester Police.
Floral and other tributes were placed next to the Premier Store on Cheetham Hill Road, which was cordoned off immediately after the incident.
And 20-year-old Dylan’s mother, Nicola, described him as: “A lovely, hardworking, kind and respectful boy.”
She added: “He absolutely loved his family and close friends. Dylan will be missed dearly by everyone who had the pleasure to be around him.
“He will never be forgotten and will always be in my heart and part of my life. It is difficult to put into words at this moment as I am broken and distraught.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone for their support, kind words and donations.
“Finally, in Dylan’s own words, ‘Always find a way to turn a negative into a positive’, so let’s all stay strong together.’”
Police took the step of opening an online portal where people could upload images and/or footage from dash cams or other devices as they sought information.
And Detective Inspector Lee Shaw, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Our thoughts are with Dylan’s loved ones – specialist colleagues liaised with them.”