The mother of Mike Grimshaw, who was murdered outside his Sale Moor home last week, has made a moving tribute to him.
Speaking for the first time Janet Grimshaw said:”My son, Mike, was the most caring, patient and gentle person. A rock not only to his family, but to his many friends. He adored his daughter Erin, and cherished the time spent with her.
“I cannot put into words how much my heart is broken and the sorrow I feel for his daughter, sister, niece, nephew, partner and her family, my extended family and all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.”
His family have issued this photograph of him as a tribute to his memory. He is pictured with his niece and nephew, but his family have asked us not to name them and to blur out their images.
He was stabbed in the neck suffering fatal injuries on Thursday night in Royton Avenue.
His sister, Emma Grimshaw, said:”Our hearts are heavy with the loss of my amazing brother and fantastic uncle to my heartbroken children.
“Mike has been my rock since the loss of my Dad and I cannot imagine how life is going to be without him. He filled our lives with love and laughter and I am so proud to be able to say that he was my brother..
“I cannot find the words to explain how much he means to me but there will not be a day that goes by that he will not be missed.”
Shocked neighbours told of their fight to save his life after he was stabbed.
A 16-year-old youth was arrested by detectives, and later released on police bail, as investigations continue.