Woman, 32, arrested on suspicion of murder after Manchester double shooting

Abayomi Ajose and Cheriff Tall
Cheriff Tall (left) and Abayomi Ajose (right) were fatally shot in Moss Side on Sunday (Picture: PA/MEN Media)

 

A woman 32 has been arrested after two men were shot dead at a street party in Manchester over the weekend.

Father-of-three Abayomi Ajose, 36, was gunned down along with 21-year-old Cheriff Tall in the early hours of Sunday morning during the event in Moss Side, Manchester. They later died in hospital.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Yesterday evening (Thursday) a woman aged 32 from the Birmingham area was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder. She remains in custody for questioning. Police are continuing to appeal for information.’

The victims were shot around 12.55am on Sunday in Caythorpe Street during the ‘spontaneous gathering,’ which came hours after a family event nearby in Moss Side, said police.

Abayomi Ajose and his three children.
Mr Ajose, known as Junior and Abi, was a well-known community and social worker (Picture: GoGetFunding)

 

Abayomi Ajose and wife Lola.
Mr Ajose’s wife Lola said he was her ‘king’ and an ‘exceptional human’ (Picture: GoGetFunding)

 

Witnesses and family members of Mr Ajose, who worked for children’s services at Manchester City Council, said he was acting as a ‘peacemaker’ during a row before he was fatally shot.

Moss Side has been shocked by the double murder, with police and Councillor Mahadi Hussein Sharif Mahamed saying the incident was ‘not a true representation of what our Moss Side is all about’.

The victims’ devastated families paid tribute to social care worker and ‘community hero’ Mr Ajose, and ‘model son’ Mr Tall, who lobbied against youth violence in Parliament.

In a tribute to Mr Ajose – also known as Abi and Junior – his wife Lola said: ‘Junior was an exceptional human being, he was my king and he treated me like his queen.

‘Anything I needed he would get for me and always went beyond my expectations. The best thing about him for me was the way he showed his love for our three children.

Cheriff Tall, 21, who was shot dead during a double-murder at an outdoor lockdown party in Manchester, had lobbied MPs about youth violence. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 24, 2020. Tall, 21, was gunned down along with another man, named locally as Abayomi Ajose, 36, at an event which followed hours after a Black Lives Matter protest nearby in Moss Side which had passed off peacefully.
Cheriff was described as an ‘amazing young man’ who campaigned against youth violence (Picture: PA)

 

The devastated wife of a father-of-three shot dead at a street party has paid a touching tribute to her 'king'. Abayomi Ajose was one of two victims gunned down at a party in Moss Side, south Manchester, just before 1am on Sunday [June 21]. Caption: Police on Caythorpe Street in Moss Side, south Manchester, where two men were shot on June 21, 2020, and later died in hospital
The men were shot in the street and later died in hospital (Picture: MEN)

 

‘He will be sadly missed by all, I am devastated and heartbroken. I am left without a doting husband and a loving father to our three children.’

Mr Tall had visited the Houses of Parliament to lobby MPs about youth violence before his death.

In a tribute to him, his family said: ‘Cheriff loved his parents dearly, he was very close to his mother and it’s impossible to say that she will ever recover from this senseless loss.

‘He was a model son, they doted on him and they are overcome with grief.’

Youth worker, Akemia Minott, called Mr Tall an ‘amazing young man’, adding: ‘He was probably one of the most popular well-liked young men in the community. Everybody knew him. He was very cheeky but very happy.’

She told The Guardian that the victims’ deaths had ‘created a new layer of devastation’ for the community.

Abayomi Ajose, 36, who was shot dead in a double murder at an outdoor lockdown party, as his wife has said he was a
The Moss Side community has been rocked by the murders (Picture: PA)

 

Abayomi Ajose (right), 36, who was shot dead in a double murder at an outdoor lockdown party, as his wife has said he was a
Police, community leaders and officials said the killings are ‘not a true representation’ of Moss Side (Picture: PA)

 

‘These men were loved by so many and the full impact of these tragic deaths is immeasurable,’ she added.

Greater Manchester Police have faced criticism for not shutting down the party, after residents complained about the disturbance from 10pm on.

Police said they monitored the gathering but had no intelligence of any criminal activity and said it was ‘not achievable to safely disperse every group of people that are gathering’.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and police officials insisted the gathering, with a DJ and PA system on a car park in a large residential area, was not a ‘rave’.

A fundraiser set up for Mr Ajose’s family to cover his funeral costs has raised more than £7,000, while a minute’s silence and peaceful march was held in honour of Mr Tall.

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