The assistant principal of Loreto College has said staff and pupils are shocked after hearing of the murder of a former pupil.
Kieran Crump Raiswell, 18, was fatally stabbed while walking in Whalley Range yesterday.
"He was a most gentle and friendly young man, who was liked and admired by everyone who met him.
"He successfully completed his A-levels in Politics, History and Physical Education in summer 2012 and he was taking a gap year before going to Sheffield Hallam University to read History.
"He had recently returned from the USA where he had been coaching football for three months.
"In the preceding year he had visited the USA with the college’s History/Politics Department.
"His teachers and friends are devastated by this news and our deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends."
Police have said an 18-year-old gap year student who was stabbed in Manchester was a 'completely innocent' victim.
Detectives investigating the murder of an 18-year-old in Manchester say they believe he was attacked by a lone knifeman.