2020 Manchester stabbing

On 26 July 2020, 4 people were stabbed in Moss Side in Manchester, England. 17-year-old Mohamoud Mohamed died at the scene.[1] The incident was the result of a gangland feud between Rusholme Crips and Moss Side's AO, or, 'Active Only'. Both gangs are believed to have grown out of Manchester's notorious Gooch and Doddington outfits.[2][3][4]

2020 Manchester stabbing
LocationMoss Side, Manchester, England, UK
Date26 July 2020 (2020-07-26)
c. 7:30 p.m. (GMT)
Attack type
Mass stabbing

The attack happened a month after a mass shooting in the same area that killed two people.[5]

Incident and conviction


Police were called to a disturbance in Henbury Street, Moss Side, at 7:30 pm.[6] A murder investigation was launched following the death of one of the victims, teenager Mohamoud Mohamed.[7][8] The alleged perpetrators and members of Moss Side's AO were arrested the next day. On 12 February 2021, four men were convicted of manslaughter: Daneaco Reid (19); Jamall Walters (18); Romeo Daley (18); and an unidentified 17-year-old were all arrested and charged with murder.[9]



"It's the latest case when rap and drill lyrics have been the dark undercurrent to shocking crimes on the streets of Manchester."[10] Members of the two rival Manchester gangs would often release music and videos taunting and threatening each other, which some believe has led to more violence. In court, some of the music from AO's members was played, lyrics to one particular track said: "I swear that's Mo let's kill him, kill him...". The gang members and music artists often express their allegiance in music through the use of certain hand signals, and wearing different colours, Moss Side's AO wearing the red bandana, and Rusholme Crips wearing light blue.[10]


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  6. ^ "Teenager stabbed and killed and three others injured in Manchester". The Telegraph. 26 July 2020. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
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  9. ^ "Murder arrest over Mohamoud Mohamed stabbing in Manchester". BBC News. 3 August 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  10. ^ a b Bardsley, Andrew (11 February 2021). "The tragic toll of Manchester's rap wars where lyrics foreshadow killings". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 23 May 2023.