“My cousin was murdered last night, stabbed in the neck, this ridiculous idiot is becoming a knife-carryer,” said Fury social media
, “This needs to stop as soon as possible, the UK government needs to bring higher punishment for the knife crime, it’s an epidemic and you don’t know how bad it is unless it’s your 1st! Life is too precious And it can be taken off very quickly Enjoy every moment. Rip Rico Burton God bless you a good place in heaven. See you soon #onlycowardscarryweapons.”
Police in Manchester, England, identified 31-year-old Rico Burton as the stabbing person and said two people had been arrested in the case. News release
The stabbing took place at around 3 a.m. Sunday outside a nightclub in Goose Green, a neighborhood of Altrincham in the Greater Manchester area, police said in a release.
“Upon arrival we found two men, a 17-year-old and a 31-year-old, with knife wounds. They were receiving first aid from members of the public before officers and paramedics managed the scene. Both men were taken to Manchester Gaya. Royal Infirmary, where the 31-year-old tragically passed away,” the release said.
A 21-year-old male was arrested from the scene and a 20-year-old male was arrested later, police said, adding that both are still in custody.
“We have increased police patrols in the area and tackling knife crime is a priority for Greater Manchester Police – the devastating effects of which are on display today,” the police release said. The statement did not mention Fury’s comments.
British Government Have tried for years to reduce knife crime
Which has been described as a national crisis.
government national statistics office
reported that there were 49,000 crimes involving knives or sharp objects in England and Wales from March 2021 to March 2022, a 10% increase from the previous year. This is still less than the 55,000 knife offenses reported between March 2019 and March 2020.
Two-time world heavyweight champion Fury said he was leaving retirement from professional boxing
After defeating Dillian White at Wembley Stadium in London last April.