A mural to commemorate an Old Trafford teenager was launched last week in the street in which he was murdered.

Rhamero West, or Mero, was 16 when he was chased onto Norton Street and stabbed a little more than a year ago.

Earlier in 2022, two men were sentenced to life imprisonment and another teenager received a significant sentence for the attack, which shook the Old Trafford area.

But Mero's mum, Kelly Brown, was still in search of something to bring her closure and comfort, in particular when she passed the street in which he was murdered.

To this end, with the help of Lynda Sterling from OT Creative Space and a grant from Trafford Council, she oversaw the creation of a mural to commemorate her son.

Messenger Newspapers: Kelly Brown with Lynda Sterling.Kelly Brown with Lynda Sterling. (Image: Other)

Called A Better Tomorrow – Together we Stand, it was designed on the side of Norton Street care home by Whalley Range artist Amy Coney and launched last week.

Kelly said: "I knew I wanted a memorial to Mero and I couldn't have asked for anything better than this.

"Amy has incorporated everything that I asked for. The circle represents my son and also the sun in the sky. The purple heart, which I sprayed myself, is also Mero.

"It's beautiful, absolutely breathtaking. You have got to see it in person. The pictures don't do it justice."

She added: "I used to fear going to Norton Street, reliving everything that happened, but now I find a little peace and comfort.

Messenger Newspapers: Kelly Brown with family and friends.Kelly Brown with family and friends. (Image: Other)

"It shows me how amazing the community of Old Trafford is.

"After what happened to Mero, the community came together."

The mural is accompanied by a piece of spoken word by Quinton Green, a knife crime campaigner, and is one part of the OT Art Trail launched by OT Creative Space last year.

Kelly said: "Quinton Green is amazing for putting together the spoken word for me. He really means every word that he speaks for my baby boy."

For information on OT Art Trail, go to otcreativespace.co.uk/otarttrail/.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. Jack is the reporter for The Messenger and covers anything and everything from within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford.

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