A teenager who died after a car crashed into a building during a police chase in south Manchester has been named locally as Deon Simpson.
Tributes have poured in on social media following the tragedy, with scores of friends posting heart-rending messages.
Deon, understood to be 17, was in a car when it ploughed into a property at the junction of Burnage Lane and Lane End Road in Burnage on Sunday night.
The crash happened after police attempted to stop the car at around 9.25pm.
Two young men inside the vehicle were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Deon, understood to have lived in Gorton having grown up in Moss Side, later died.
The other person remains in hospital.
A referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and an investigation into the collision has been launched.
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Dozens of Deon’s friends have taken to Facebook to pay tribute. Flowers were left at the scene of the smash as teenagers visited to pay their respects.
A large hole could be seen in the wall on Monday morning.
Myah Dunne told the Manchester Evening News: “He was always smiling.
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“Everyone he knew loved him. Not just in Gorton, but in Burnage and in Moss Side, where he grew up
“He loved his designer clothes and his music.
“It was birthday in a few weeks. He was going to turn 18.
“I grew up with him and his cousins. He was just a lovely person.
“He got along with everyone. Everyone is just heartbroken and devastated.”
Atyme Atta said: “He was a very popular boy.
“I don’t think you could be young and live around the area and not know him.”
Ali Asad said: “He was an outgoing lad and knew what he wanted.”
Deon’s loved ones are understood to be too distraught to speak about the tragedy.
Detective Chief Superintendent Jon Chadwick, of GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, said: “I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the person who has passed away following the collision in Burnage last night.
“The response to the incident is still ongoing and there are a number of road closures in place in the nearby area, with the scene likely to remain for some time.
“In line with our usual policy with incidents of this nature, we have made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct and they have made a decision to launch an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision.”
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said last night: “We were called just before 9.30pm to reports of a road traffic collision.
“Two fire engines and a technical response unit attended.
“We rescued two people from a vehicle and stabilised the vehicle.
“The two fire engines have left the scene and the technical response unit are still there.”