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Yousef Makki's family to launch £100,000 'Justice for Yousef' campaign to fund civil case over his death

Yousef bled to death after being stabbed in the heart in Hale Barns, Trafford, on Saturday, March 2. Credit: MEN Media

The family of Yousef Makki - the 17-year-old grammar school student who was stabbed to death in Hale Barns - will launch a £100,000 fundraising campaign to fund a civil case over his death.

The 'Justice for Yousef' campaign will be launched in Manchester tonight.

Yousef's family say they now 'wish to instruct legal professionals to investigate the opportunity to put forward a civil case in relation to the death of their son and brother'.

Yousef's family said the costs of taking such an action have been initially estimated at £100,000.

They said a 'minimum' of £20,000 was needed to secure the court transcripts from the criminal trial of two teenagers held earlier this year. As of 6am on Tuesday (October 15), £12,317 had been donated.

Yousef's family will launch the campaign ahead of a summit on knife crime and candlelit vigil being held in Manchester tonight. Credit: MEN Media

Yousef, a Manchester Grammar School pupil from Burnage, wanted to become a heart surgeon.

He bled to death after being stabbed in the heart in Hale Barns, Trafford, on Saturday, March 2.

The teenager who inflicted the fatal stab wound - who can now be named as Joshua Molnar after he turned 18 - was cleared of murder and manslaughter following a four-week trial on the grounds of self defence.

He is serving a 16-month detention and training order for possessing a knife and perverting the course of justice, charges he admitted.

A second 17-year-old - 'Boy B' - is serving four months for possessing a blade, but was cleared of perverting the course of justice.

He cannot be named for legal reasons.

In a statement, Yousef's family said: "

The campaign, 'Justice for Yousef', will be officially launched to the public on Tuesday at 6pm at Manchester Cathedral.

"The Makki family welcome all public and private donations in their continued fight to seek justice for Yousef.

"At 6pm, a candlelit vigil will commence at Manchester Cathedral to remember those who have died as a result of increasing knife crime in the city, but to also show support and solidarity to the families of those who have been taken as a consequence of such violence.

"Amidst the knife crime summit, which will see a number of community leaders speak regarding a problem that plagues not only the streets of London but also in lesser reported regions of the UK, including Greater Manchester, the family of Yousef Makki will launch a crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to reach a target of £100,000.

"The family of Yousef Makki now wish to instruct legal professionals to investigate the opportunity to put forward a civil case in relation to the death of their son and brother.

"The costs of taking such action have initially been estimated at £100,000, with a minimum £20,000 required to secure the court transcripts from the criminal trial alone.

"Yousef was a regular straight-A student and was on track to become a heart surgeon.

"Having grown up in Burnage, he was awarded a full bursary to the prestigious Manchester Grammar School aged 11.

"Yousef was spoken of highly by the school's headteacher and teaching staff and known for supporting younger students with their homework tasks."

– Family statement

The family said they wanted Yousef's death to be re-examined and that there were 'many unanswered questions'.

In August, the family said they were 'disappointed', but would 'fight for justice' after the Attorney General's office refused their request to refer the sentences of the two convicted teenagers to the Court of Appeal.

Yousef's sister said the decision showed the government wasn't 'tough on knife crime' and the sentences 'sent the wrong message about knife crime'. Alongside former chief crown prosecutor for the north west, Nazir Afzal, and anti-gang and gun campaigner Erinma Bell, Yousef's mother, Debbie Makki, is also due to speak at the summit.