A woman has been arrested after two men died when shot at a Moss Side street party.
Cheriff Tall, 21, and Abayomi Ajose, 36, were both gunned down at a party in Caythorpe Street just before 1am on Sunday.
They both died in hospital later that morning.
A double murder investigation is ongoing.
Yesterday evening (Thursday 25 June 2020) a woman aged 32 from the Birmingham area was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder.
She remains in custody for questioning.
Police are continuing to appeal for information.
At around 12.55am on Sunday 21 June 2020, police were called to reports that gun shots had been heard on Caythorpe Street in Moss Side.
A short time later, police were made aware that two men had arrived at hospital with gunshot wounds.
Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, Mr Ajose, and Mr Tall sadly died.
The families of the victims are being kept up to date with the progress of the investigation by specialist liaison officers.
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777 quoting 221 of 21/06/20 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
The Manchester Evening News understands one line of enquiry being investigated is that Mr Ajose, also known as Abi and Junior, was shot as he tried to act as a peacemaker when trouble broke out at the party.
Both victims were shot in the head.
The family of Cheriff described him as a popular member of the community with a strong sense of loyalty.
“Our family cannot put into words how we feel about losing Cheriff,” his family said.
“The death of someone so young, and barely into adulthood is difficult to process, and knowing that he was taken from us in such a brutal way has left us devastated.
“Cheriff was loved and respected by his brothers and sisters, and he loved and respected them and to say they are broken is an understatement.
“Cheriff loved his parents dearly, he was very close to his mother and it’s impossible to say that she will ever recover from this senseless loss. He was a model son, they doted on him and they are overcome with grief.
Cheriff had travelled to the Houses of Parliament to lobby MPs on youth violence.
The revelation was made by a youth worker and family friend who said Cheriff had been deeply affected by a losing a close friend to violence.
Mr Ajose’s wife Lola has spoken of her grief over his death – and of her pride over his life.
She described him as ‘my king’ and said: “The best thing about him for me was the way he showed his love for our three children.”
The leader of Manchester city council meanwhile has paid tribute to ‘an intuitive and compassionate social care professional’.
Sir Richard Leese said Mr Ajose, who was also known as Junior, ‘wanted to help both children and their families’ and had worked at residential children’s homes over the last five years.
Lola added: “Junior was an exceptional human being. He was my king and he treated me like his queen,” she said.
“Anything I needed he would get for me and always went beyond my expectations.