Teenager who died after ‘going fishing’ pictured as police make three murder arrests
A teenager who was found dead in a fishing lake has been identified as a rugby-mad youngster, who his family say was nicknamed “Golden Boy”.
Police say the believe the body that was pulled from the lake on Sunday afternoon, is that of 18-year-old Samson Price from Wigan.
Three teenagers – aged 17, 18 and 19 – have been arrested on suspicion of murder and they remain in police custody.
Samson’s devastated parents have spoken to the Manchester Evening News about Samson jnr who they said was a “wonderful young man”.
They said his death – after he told them he was going fishing – has left his family “broken”.
Mum Rosana said: “He never had an enemy. He never held a grudge and couldn’t be upset. He just had no badness in him, he just wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and for everyone to be happy.
“He was so proud to be from Wigan. He loved Wigan. He was everybody’s friend. People gravitated towards him.
“One of his friends set up a Go Fund Me page because they wanted him to have a send-off like a king because of the impact he had on their life.
“He was just loved by everybody. He was so spoilt. His nickname was Golden Boy because he was spoiled and got away with everything. He lit up a room.
“There will never be another like him. He was the light of my life and now the light’s gone.”
A police cordon remained in place today near a stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Poolstock, north of Scotsman’s flash, with a stretch of nearby woodland also being taped off.
The Go Fund Me page urging people to donate in his memory has already raised nearly £3,000 as tributes were also paid on social media.
Samson Jnr, who had a 20 year-old sister Atlanta, was a keen fan and player of both rugby union and rugby league.
Samson Jnr’s parents said they last saw him at around 4pm on Saturday when he told them he was going fishing.
Dad Samson snr said: “He was a wonderful young man, he had so many friends who loved and him and cared about him.
“We’re just broken now, broken into pieces.”
A Greater Manchester Police source said formal identification has not yet taken place, but police believe the body to be Samson jnr’s.
The force said in a statement: “Enquiries are in their infancy and officers remain at the scene whilst investigation work is carried out.
“Officers are keeping an open mind as the circumstances surrounding the man’s death are established.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9908.
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