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Murder hunt as student dies.

Byline: GREGG FRAY

A YOUNG university student from Merseyside has died after a street attack in Manchester city centre.

Daniel Davies, 19, who had been enjoying a night out with friends last Friday, was punched by a thug and struck his head on the pavement.

Doctors at Manchester royal infirmary switched off the teenager's life support machine last night with his family at his bedside.

Detectives immediately launched a murder hunt.

It is believed that the attack on Daniel, of Longmeadow Road, Knowsley Village, was random.

Four men and two women are being hunted.

Today friends said Daniel, who was in his first year at Manchester University studying architecture, was an intelligent boy who ``wouldn't harm a fly''.

His former high school, St Mary's College in Crosby, was holding a special service today.

Headteacher Wilf Hammond said: ``Daniel left our sixth form last year and was a delightful person, a joy to know.

``He worked tremendously hard to make the most of his gifts.

``We used to say he was as brave as a lion on the rugby field, a pillar of strength and a gentle giant.

``He did a lot of good work helping handicapped children - organising Christmas parties and such like.

``He would have gone a long way. The school is in a state of shock.''

Daniel, who has two younger sisters at the school, had been excited about moving to Manchester to study.

He still had a great many friends across Merseyside and was also well known for his football skills, playing for Sefton in the Merseyside League..

Detectives believe Daniel was punched as he walked along Manchester's Oxford Street.

l Anyone with information can call 0161-856 3240, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2002
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