Family of man shot to death in Manchester say he was his mother’s ‘pride and joy’

The family of a 32-year-old father believed to have been shot dead in a targeted attack in Manchester said he was the “pride and joy” of his mother.

Zikel Bobmanuel, whose youngest son is six weeks old, was pronounced dead at the scene in Welland Street, Openshaw, around 2pm on Saturday, and officers said he died of gunshot wounds.

Police arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting.

Zikel Bobmanuel is believed to have been shot dead in Manchester (Family Handout)

Mr. Bobmanuel’s family have said: “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 had his girlfriend’s heart in his hand and was a hands-on father to his beloved children, the youngest just six weeks old.

“Zikel was happy and satisfied, he worked hard to support his family and was never happier than when he spent time with them.

“It is difficult to comprehend that Zikel died in such tragic circumstances and the shock is deep.

“We are devastated beyond belief and find it hard to comprehend life without him.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and the comfort their support has given us and respectfully ask for some privacy at this difficult time.”

Greater Manchester Police detectives are searching for a second man who is believed to have escaped in a vehicle.

The force believes it was a targeted attack.

Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst said: “Our thoughts are with Zikel’s loved ones at this heartbreaking time. As our research continues, specially trained colleagues are supporting them.

“As of yesterday afternoon, we continue to build a detailed timeline of the events leading up to Zikel’s death and are pursuing a number of positive lines of inquiry. Although we currently have one man in custody, work is underway to ensure that those involved are brought to justice.

“I would like to thank the members of the public who have already shared information with us. Any piece of information, no matter how small, can be the key to receiving answers for Zikel’s family.

“While officers collect evidence from the scene and surrounding area, anyone with information, CCTV, dashcam or video of the doorbell should contact police via 101 citing incident 1771 3/25/2023. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”


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