Hero boy, 15, killed ‘trying to save his mum’ during traumatic knife attack

A "hero" teenage boy was tragically killed trying to save his mum from a knife attack in Manchester.

Jakub Szymanski, 15, was rushed to hospital with serious stab wounds after trying to protect his mum Katarzyna Bastek, in her 40s, at around 9.30pm on Thursday (June 9).

He died around one hour later, while Katarzyna remains in hospital in a stable condition, mourning the loss of her son.

Murder squad detectives are still investigating the horrific incident and a Manchester man, 44, was arrested last night (June 10) in Kent on suspicion of murder.

It is thought that the suspect was known to his victims.

Police continued to investigate the scene at Bednal Avenue, Miles Platting yesterday and today (June 11) with fingertip searches being carried out, reports Manchester Evening News.

A person close to Jakub, who asked not to be named, told Manchester Evening News: "There's not a chance that boy isn't a hero. Everyone here knew him for being kind and respectful.

"He was quiet, but he was a protector. He fought for his family. He was an amazing person, he was a hero and he should be remembered as one."

Jakub is understood to have been one of four brothers.

The murder investigation is being led by GMP's Major Incident Team, with a police cordon remaining in place on Saturday morning.

Speaking after the man's arrest on Friday night, Detective Chief Inspector Alicia Smith said: “Last night’s attack has left a community reeling and a family coming to terms with what was an absolutely devastating incident for everyone involved.

“A teenage boy who had his whole life ahead of him has tragically lost his life and not only is his mother grieving at the loss of her son, but she is also recovering from what will have been no doubt, hugely traumatic.

"Our thoughts remain very much with the family and we are absolutely committed to establishing what exactly happened last night.

“Detectives have been working around the clock since this incident was first reported to us and we've now made an arrest which is a huge step forward in getting the family the answers they need.

“Our enquiries are on-going and we would still like to hear from anyone with information, or anyone who may have seen anything. Report it online or via LiveChat at www.gmp.police.uk or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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