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Family pay tribute to Dale Gordon who was killed in Gorton

November 22, 2014, 12:01 am

It has been a week since the murder of Dale Gordon and his family have paid tribute to him on this anniversary.

Shortly after 10.15pm on Saturday 15 November 2014, police were called to Netherbury Close to reports of men fighting.

When officers attended they found 20-year-old Dale with serious injuries. He was taken to the MRI where he sadly died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It is believed that Dale was involved in an altercation with two men.

In a statement, Dale’s famiy said: “Dale has left a hole in our hearts and lives. He was a young man who believed in God and himself deeply from childhood to adulthood. He was strong willed, independent, unafraid to try new things and to experience life and all it’s joys and woes.”

Dale’s sister Rebekah said: “Dale was my little star, my little brother, my everything. Our lives will never be the same. You sang like an angel. You had so much heart and soul. You looked after me and never let me down. The way you made me laugh and proud is so unreal. I love you with all my heart baby brother. The pain I feel will never go away. I can’t believe what has happened. I’m unable to breath, eat or think. Dale was my baby brother and meant so much to me. The world will never be the same. I always called you small fry when we were kids, but you became the bigger man.

“I’m sorry you didn’t get to see your nephew Kyro grow up. I will never let him forget his Uncle Dale. I promise you you will live on in him forever and always. Good night, God bless, love you always your one and only sister.”

His mum Lynn said:”From the day he was born he was born a star. My star. He hummed until he was old enough to sing and never stopped singing. He will be forever singing in our hearts. This has left us completely devastated. Our hearts are empty. I will love you forever. You’ll forever be in our hearts and always be with me, my little boy.”

Dale’s Auntie Michelle said: “I will miss your cheeky smile, your beautiful handsome face, the pride and joy you felt when you sang. From a young age your voice silenced any room full of people who were captivated by your self-confidence. As you grew so did your stage. Now the music is silent and so is my heart.”

His Auntie Bev said: “The blessing of Dale is that he was loving, talented and would help anyone out. He loved his family to bits and he was very approachable and always had a hug and kiss for you when he met you.”

The first man is described as a dark skinned, 6ft tall, athletic build and in his mid-20s. He was wearing a grey hoodie with a darker hoodie over the top; he wore both of the hoods up and was possibly wearing something red underneath.

The second man is described as black, 6ft tall, mid 20s and he wore a dark coloured top.

A post mortem result established Dale died from head injuries.

A 31-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder was bailed until 7 January 2015 pending further enquiries.

Detective Superintendent Andy Peach from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family of Dale Gordon, who are understandably distraught.

“Our main priority at the moment is to find those responsible for his death.

“We have released an image of Dale and the moped he was riding the night he died and we are appealing for the public to think if they saw him riding around on it before he was murdered.

“Did you see Dale between 4pm and the time of his death, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have spoken to Dale or seen him with anyone.

“It is still unclear why Dale was on Netherbury Close that night and at this stage we still do not know the motive for his death.

“I would also urge people to contact us if they saw a silver car driving round the area of Melland Road and Mount Road in Gorton around the time of Dale’s murder.

“There has been some media coverage about Dale’s past, but this was a young man who deserved the chance to turn his life around, he was a son and a brother and whether he had been involved in any criminality is irrelevant, no one has the right to take another person’s life.

“We want to get answers for Dale’s family, imagine if your son, brother or friend had been killed in this way, you would want people to come forward with information to find those responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9283 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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