A funeral has been held for the cousin of heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, who was fatally stabbed in Greater Manchester last Sunday.
Rico Burton, 31, was one of two people attacked outside a bar in the Goose Green area of Altrincham in what police described as a “senseless attack”.
A funeral procession was pictured as mourners arrived on trailers and in a horse-drawn carriage ahead of the service held in memory of Mr Burton at St Michael’s Church in Flixton.
A flower arrangement spelling out Mr Burton’s name and ‘BOYO’ was pictured, as mourners wore T-shirts with pictures of him.
Following Mr Burton’s death, Fury revealed on Instagram that his cousin had passed away and paid tribute to him.
The boxing champ has since taken to his social media platform to advocate for an end to knife crimes, saying “it has to stop”.
In a message, he said: “Life is very precious and it can be taken away very quickly, enjoy every moment… RIP Rico Burton, may the Lord God grant you a good place in heaven. Goodbye.”
Boxing trainer and family friend Steve Egan, who trained Fury and Mr Burton, told Sky News he was “a fantastic lad”.
Liam O’Prey, 21, is charged with the murder of Mr Burton and is also charged with maliciously wounding a teenager, possession of a knife and possession of cocaine.
He appeared by video link from police custody for a brief hearing at Manchester Crown Court last Friday and was remanded in custody.
A tentative date for the start of his trial has been set for next year.
The other person injured in the attack, a 17-year-old boy, received life-saving treatment from members of the public at the scene, Greater Manchester Police said.
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