THE family of a catering student who was fatally stabbed in Old Trafford has paid tribute after the loss of their 'beautiful soul'.

Sixteen-year-old Rhamero West was found with serious stab wounds, which turned out to be fatal, in Norton Street last Thursday.

Detectives have launched a murder enquiry as they bid to track down the two men thought to have struck the lethal blows.

Meanwhile the South Manchester youngster's family, who knew him as 'Mero' has paid tribute to the boy following his death.

A family statement says: "Our son's life was taken away from him on Thursday, on the day he started his first day at college studying catering.

"We are in total shock and want justice for our beautiful son Mero. His life was taken too soon at the age of 16, turning 17 on September 20.

"We are all devastated are now left with an empty hole in our hearts. Mero was a beautiful soul and got on with everyone who he met.

"He will be sadly missed, lots of love son, we will love you forever - mum, dad, Remi and not forgetting your nephew Caerus. We will make sure he will never forget you.

"Each and everyone in the family right now wishes you were still here. Sleep tight baby boy till we meet again. We love you forever."