Kennie Carter murder: parents of Stretford teenager,16, appeal for help to find their son’s killer

Kennie’s parents paid tribute to their son as a ‘cheeky chappy lad’ and described how the pain of loss ‘rips you apart’.

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The parents of teenage murder victim Kennie Carter have issued an emotional appeal for help to find their son’s killer. Speaking a year after the 16-year-old was fatally stabbed, Kennie’s mum Joan Dixon and dad Glen Carter described how the pain of losing a child “rips you apart” and how they are having to live without closure as the case remains unsolved.

Kennie’s parents also paid tribute to their son, who died in hospital after being stabbed in the chest on Thirlmere Avenue in Stretford, calling him a “cheeky chappy lad” and “a normal 16-year-old boy”. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has recently issued a £50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction as they attempt to bring Kennie’s killer to justice.

What did Kennie Carter’s parents say in their video appeal for information?

Joan and Glen urged anyone with information about what happened to their son on the day of his death to search their consciences, do the right thing and share their knowledge with GMP officers. Joan said: “It’s just not the same without Kennie here. We can’t move on. It’s been really hard because we’ve just had Christmas. It’s been a year, but it doesn’t feel like a year - it feels like it was only yesterday. It’s so raw still.

“He was fun. He was. He liked his PlayStation, he liked food, and he liked to sleep a lot - a lot of sleep. But I always knew where he was if he was asleep.

“He was just daft Kennie, he just do daft things like walk past me and (ruffle) my fringe or stick his finger in my ear or stand there making silly noises.”

Glen said: “He was a cheeky chappy lad - he always has been and he always was. A normal 16-year-old boy.”

Joan added: ” We’re a year on and we’ve had no closure. There must be somebody out there with just even a small bit of information that may help. If you do have any information, please just do the right thing. You can imagine if it was your child how heart-breaking it would be not to have your son there every day. It rips you apart.

“So if anybody has just got the slightest bit of information, anything, even if you don’t think it’s anything, it might be a little missing piece that the police need. And they need help and we need somebody to come forward and do the right thing for Kennie. He was a good lad, he deserves justice. He should still be here.”

Anyone with information about Kennie’s murder should call police on 0161 856 9908 or 101 , quoting incident number 2529 of the date 22/01/2022. Footage or images from the night can be submitted to the online GMP police portal here.