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Doting dad 'stabbed to death' was expecting second child

David Gavin Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A doting young dad fatally stabbed in the neck during a 20-minute street fight was expecting his second child with his wife any day.

David Gavin's loved ones say their lives have been 'torn apart'. A murder investigation was launched following his death.

The dad-of-one, 23, from Rochdale died just two days before his wife Bridget, 22, was due to give birth to their second daughter.

David, who worked as a landscape gardener, lived in London before moving to Rochdale.

David's distraught brother Martin, 18, described his sibling as the 'rock of the family'.

"We believe the fight lasted for around 20 minutes before the call came into police and at some point David was stabbed.

“It was getting dark around the time of the incident. I appreciate there may not have been many people in the area but if you saw something, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then please get in touch.

“We know that a number of people in the area heard the disturbance, so if you do have something to tell us but you’ve not yet made contact, please do so at your earliest opportunity.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Chatterton

A 25-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder and assault has been released under investigation.

  • Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8797 quoting reference number 2284 17/05/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.