Zikel Bobmanuel: Manchester shooting victim was dad to a newborn baby

Family have described Zikel Bobmanuel as a “hands-on” dad to his children and his mother’s “pride and joy.”

Zikel Bobmanuel. Photo: GMPZikel Bobmanuel. Photo: GMP
Zikel Bobmanuel. Photo: GMP

Tributes have been paid to Zikel Bobmanuel, who has been named as the the victim of the suspected shooting that took place in Openshaw at on Saturday (25 March.)

Police were called to Wellfield Street at 2pm and Zikel was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have described the 32-year-old as a “hands-on father to his beloved children,” the youngest of whom is just six weeks old. They said in a statement issued via GMP: “Zikel was many things to many people, he was a good friend, a hard-working colleague, part of a large extended family, but ultimately, he was his mother’s son, her pride and joy. He held the heart of his girlfriend in his hand and was a hands-on father to his beloved children, the youngest just six weeks old.

“Zikel was happy and fulfilled, he was working hard to provide for his family and was never more content than when he was spending time with them. It is difficult to comprehend that Zikel has died under such tragic circumstances and the shock is profound.

“We are devastated beyond belief and find it hard to comprehend life without him. We would like to thank everybody for their kind words and the comfort their support has given us and respectfully ask for some privacy at this difficult time.”

One man is in custody in connection to the suspected shooting and police are appealing for information from members of the public.

Zikel Bobmanuel. Photo: GMPZikel Bobmanuel. Photo: GMP
Zikel Bobmanuel. Photo: GMP

Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst, said: "Our thoughts are with Zikel’s loved ones at this heart-breaking time. As our investigation continues, specially trained colleagues are supporting them.

"Since yesterday afternoon, we continue to build an in-depth timeline of events leading up to Zikel’s death and we are following a number of positive lines of enquiry. Although we currently have one man in custody, work is ongoing to ensure that those involved are brought to justice.

"I would like to thank members of the public that have already shared information with us. Any information, regardless of how small, may be the key to receiving answers for Zikel’s family.

“Whilst officers are gathering evidence from the scene and the surrounding area, anyone with information, CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage is asked to contact police via 101 quoting incident 1771 25/3/2023. Always dial 999 in an emergency."

Information can also be reported anonymously to charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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