Uncover the shocking truth behind the tragic death of promising boxer Rico Burton as we delve into the mysterious involvement of Liam O’Prey. Dive into the chilling details and motives surrounding the alleged killer in this exclusive report. Don’t miss this gripping account of the Rico Burton stabbing that has left a community in shock and seeking answers.
Promising boxer Rico Burton, who was also the cousin of Heavyweight Boxing Champion Tyson Fury, was stabbed to death in the early hours of Sunday in the Goose Green area of Altrincham.
The Arrest of Liam O’Prey
Police have arrested a 21-year-old man called Liam O’Prey at the crime scene – outside a bar in the Goose Green area in the early hours of Sunday, under the charges of killing Rico Burton, who was just 31 years old at the time of death.
Who is Liam O’Prey?
Liam O’Prey, a 21-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been arrested on charges of murdering “Rico Burton,” 31, who died after being stabbed in his neck, outside a bar on a night out in Goose Green area of Altrincham.
Additional Charges and Victims
Greater Manchester Police also said that O’Prey has been booked under the section 18 assault for the attack on a 17-year-old teenager, who was found stabbed at the scene. The teen was critically injured but luckily survived after receiving life-saving first aid at the scene. He is currently in a stable condition, recovering in the hospital.
The Investigation and Legal Proceedings
The accused, Liam O’Prey, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The Motive for the Attack
Greater Manchester Police said in their official statement that “Rico had been watching the clash between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk with friends and enjoying an evening out when he was allegedly knifed by the accused Liam O’Prey in a ‘spontaneous’ and ‘unplanned’ attack outside the venue.”
Additional Arrests and Ongoing Investigation
Along with Liam O’Prey, a 20-year-old man was also arrested with suspicion of the murder but has since been released on bail pending as the police investigate the incident further.
Police Press Conference and Appeal for Witnesses
Press Conference Details
A Press Conference was organized by the Police on Sunday, August 21 by Police Superintendent Ben Ewart, he said the attack was ‘senseless’, adding that the stabbing took place ‘spontaneously’ and was ‘unplanned’.
Superintendent Ewart said that “At around 3 AM on Sunday, August 21, emergency services received multiple calls regarding a disturbance in Goose Green in Altrincham.”
After reaching the crime scene, we found a 17-year-old male and a 31-year-old man with stab wounds receiving first aid from members of the public before police officers and paramedical staff took over. The superintendent praised all the people who had given first aid at the crime scene.
Both the males were taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where sadly the 31-year-old man, who was identified as “Rico Burton,” succumbed to his injuries and died. The police officer also confirmed that the 17-year-old boy remains in the hospital having ‘serious but not life-threatening’ injuries.
Witness Testimonies Sought
Police Urge Eye Witnesses to Share Details
Appealing Eye Witnesses to share details about the incident, Superintendent Ewart said: “Goose Green is a popular nightspot and would have been busy at the time, and I appeal to anyone who was there overnight on Saturday, August 20, or anyone with information about this incident, including phone photograph footage or videos, to come forward, in particular any friends of any of the victims or suspects who may have been out with them that night and have not yet come forward.”
Impact on the Community and Tyson Fury’s Tribute
”We have increased police controls in the area, and knife crime remains a priority for Greater Manchester Police, the devastating effects of which have been demonstrated this morning,” he added.
Tyson Fury Pays Tribute
Sharing condolences on the murder of his cousin “Rico Burton,” The two-time heavyweight champion “Tyson Fury” shared a post on his official Instagram handle.
He wrote this needs to stop. ASAP, the UK government needs to bring higher sentencing for knife crime; it’s a pandemic, and you don’t know how bad it is until it’s one of your own!
“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. See you soon,” he concluded.
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RIP RICO BURTON
Richard F. Burton Obituary
MADISON/IOWA CITY, IOWA-Richard F. Burton died peacefully, surrounded by his children at Agrace HospiceCare on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Madison, at the age of 73. Richard is survived by his sisters, Virginia (Jim) Melroy and Cecile (Ron) Owings, of Iowa City, Iowa; his daughter, Sarah Burton, of Madison; his son, Paul (Abbey) of Madison; and his grandchildren, Joseph, Max, Miriam, Benjamin and Simon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Margaret of Boone, Iowa; and his parents, William Lee Burton and Elsie Pavelka of Iowa City, Iowa. Richard was born on May 31, 1945, in Iowa City, Iowa, to William Lee and Elsie Burton. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1969, with a degree in Architecture. Richard married Mary Margaret, in 1971. After moving to Madison in 1977, he began working for MZM Architects for the next 16 years and then later for Potter Lawson for nearly 20 years until he retired in 2013. Over a 40 year career he worked on over 100 buildings including major projects like the Overture Center. During his retirement years he stayed busy working on house projects, attending concerts and watching his grandchildren’s’ activities. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Richard’s life.Gunderson Funeral Home
Mourners arrive on gold horse-drawn carriages for the funeral of Tyson Fury’s cousin Rico Burton
In a poignant display of farewell, mourners arrive at the funeral of Rico Burton, Tyson Fury’s beloved cousin, in stunning gold horse-drawn carriages. The touching tribute pays homage to a life tragically lost, bringing together friends and family to bid their final goodbyes.
The somber occasion was adorned with traditional gold, red, and green horse-drawn carriages, reflecting the rich heritage and culture of those who gathered to bid farewell.
As the mourners arrived for the service, many donned T-shirts bearing Rico’s image on the front, a heartfelt tribute to the cherished individual they had lost. The casket of Mr. Burton was carried to the funeral in a solemn procession, drawn by a horse, with dozens of mourners following closely behind. Some even chose to sit beside the casket, accompanying Rico on his final journey.
The loss of Rico Burton has deeply impacted those who knew and loved him, and heartfelt tributes have poured in, spearheaded by his famous cousin, Tyson Fury. The two-time world heavyweight champion, known for his remarkable boxing prowess, also took to social media to call for an end to knife crime, emphasizing the devastating consequences it brings upon families and communities.
Amidst the multitude of mourners, Tyson’s presence remains unconfirmed, yet his grief and support for his late cousin are undoubtedly felt by all who have gathered to honor Rico Burton’s memory.