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Family of man shot dead in Ashton pay tribute to him and thank those who tried to save him
Friday 15th June 2018 @ 19:36 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News Tameside

The family of a man who was shot dead in Ashton on Wednesday, June 13, have paid tribute to their “loving son, dad and brother.”

31-year-old Luke Paul Graham, from Audenshaw, was shot in broad daylight as he sat in his van on Birch Street on Tuesday afternoon. Luke, known to his friends as ‘Tank’, was treated by paramedics at the scene for 15 minutes but later died in hospital.

Another man was shot in the leg as he ran from the van and later presented himself in hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

Paying tribute to his son, Pete Graham said: ““Luke was a loving son, dad and brother, who was always there for his family and friends.

“He was the type of person who would go out of his way to help others and now we are broken as a family.  We can’t believe that he’s gone and that he has been taken from us in such a horrific and cowardly act of violence.

“We pray that the people responsible for this are bought to justice and I would urge anyone out there who has any information to contact the police as a matter of urgency.

“Losing Luke has devastated me as a father, and I wouldn’t want any other parent or family to go through the hell that I am living in at the moment.”

Three men have since been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting, with two since released on bail, and Pete thanked the police for their efforts in the investigation. He also expressed his gratitude to the residents of Birch Street who tried to help Luke after he was shot.

Pete added: “I would just like to thank the police for their tireless efforts in trying to piece together what has happened and would especially like to thank the community at Birch Street in Ashton where Luke passed away. People there risked their own safety and tried their best to save Luke when he was killed that evening.

“It is a great comfort to me as a dad that he did not pass away alone and that there were people there for him.”

Anyone with information on the incident should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1592 of 13/06/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.