Man Met student who died after stabbing is named as 19-year-old Luke O’Connor

Co-written by Thomas Mansbridge

  • Man Met student Luke O’Connor named as victim of Wednesday’s stabbing
  • Family and friends have paid tribute to their ‘one of a kind’ son
  • Police investigation is ongoing

The family of Luke O’Connor have released a tribute to their “one of a kind” son, who died after being stabbed in Fallowfield on Wednesday. 

Police say Luke was stabbed on Wilmslow Road in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Luke O’Connor: Man Met student stabbed on Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield. Image: GMP

CPR was administered at the scene but he later died in hospital from his injuries. 

Luke was a second year business management student at Man Met.

In a statement, Luke’s family said: “Our hearts yearn for the loss of Luke, we are truly devastated by this tragedy. Luke was loved by so many people and he knew how much he was loved in return.

“He was a second year business management student at university. He loved the freedom of student living and studying and was loving life in Manchester.

“Luke was the youngest of three boys in our family and was a gentle giant with big hopes and dreams for the future.

“His biggest dream was to travel the world, but now Luke will never be able to fulfil that dream.


“Luke loved music, football and was a big supporter of Liverpool Football Club, who he followed religiously from a young age.

‘He had a profound impact on so many people throughout his life’

Luke’s family

“He was truly one of a kind, who’s presence would light up any room.

“Luke’s friends also adored him, as he adored them. They often called Luke a ‘Legend’ and ‘the life and soul’ of everything he did. Everyone who met him, truly loved him.

“Our lively, bubbly, beautiful boy has been taken from us and our family are now left with a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

“Justice needs to be served as we have lost our beautiful young Luke, who was robbed of life.

“We will continue to honour his name for as long as we are all here, and his legacy with go on forever.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, spoke yesterday about the incident on BBC Radio Manchester.

Burnham has emphasised the importance of community police presence and said he will meet with student representative bodies soon to discuss the issue of knife crime.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information should contact GMP by calling 101 quoting Log 240 of 26/10/22.

Man Met students can access the counselling, mental Health and wellbeing Service by email at [email protected] or by calling 0161 247 3493.