Two teenagers charged with murder of schoolboy Yousef Makki
Both of those charged are the same age as the 17-year-old Makki
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that two teenagers have been charged with the murder of Yousef Makki in Altrincham.
The 17-year-old died in the quiet village of Hale Barns on Saturday and his death is among those to have prompted a wide ranging public debate on this issue of under-18s being targeted in attacks across the country.
Both of the two boys charged are also aged 17, authorities confirmed on Tuesday evening.
Makki's family paid tribute to the teenager after news of his death emerged, describing him as a "bright" and loving" son.
"He had everything to look forward to," they stated. "We are absolutely devastated and cannot believe that our son has gone. This senseless loss has affected the whole community."
"[He] had only 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."
Today we are mourning the tragic loss of one of our pupils, Yousef Makki, a dearly loved young man and an incredibly bright pupil, and there has been an outpouring of grief at MGS. High Master Dr Martin Boulton's full tribute to Yousef can be read here: https://t.co/aVMAeAchJO pic.twitter.com/4ojcnB0uze
— Manchester Grammar School (@MGSMagic) March 4, 2019
Home secretary Sajid Javid has since demanded an end to the "senseless violence" with teenager Jodie Chesney stabbed to death in a London park over the weekend, the 18th homicide in the capital alone at the time. That number has since risen past 20.
"We’re taking action on many fronts and I’ll be meeting police chiefs this week to hear what more can be done," Javid wrote on Twitter on Sunday.