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Man shot on way to wedding fayre

A man who was shot dead on a city street had been on his way to a wedding fayre with his fiance, his family said.

Open University student Kevin Bond, 30, was a "devoted" father-of-one, his mother Jackie said in a tribute.

Mr Bond, from Manchester, was killed last Sunday after getting out of his car at traffic lights to speak to the occupants of a vehicle behind him .

In a statement released by Greater Manchester Police (GMP), his mother said: "Kevin was devoted to his family and friends, he adored his daughter and was extremely proud of his two younger sisters. He was articulate and enthusiastic in everything he did. Kevin had been studying social science at the Open University - his education was paramount to him and he recently completed eight full university foundation awards in sociology and psychology.

"Kevin also had a diploma in sports and nutrition and would always try to convert family and friends into eating healthier. An 'absolute gentleman' was how he was regarded by his former tutor. On Sunday afternoon Kevin and his girlfriend were on their way to a wedding fayre, they'd been planning their wedding like any normal young couple. Kevin wasn't an angel or a saint but he certainly didn't deserve to be murdered.

"My family and I will continue to work tirelessly with the police to help bring the person or people involved in his death to justice."

Police said Mr Bond was a passenger in a Seat Leon that was stopped at traffic lights on Rowlands Way and Simonsway, Wythenshawe, at around 2pm last Sunday. He got out of his vehicle and walked over to a silver car that was stopped behind the Seat and was shot in the stomach. Mr Bond was taken to hospital and underwent emergency surgery but died a short time later.

Detective Superintendent Mary Doyle, who is leading the investigation for GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "We are determined to find the people responsible for killing Kevin and the people in those cars might be able to tell us something that will help our investigation.

"We know that it must be terrifying for people to see a man shot in the street like this but please do not be afraid to come forward and tell us what you know. Information can be treated in the strictest of confidence and there are special measures that can be put in place to protect witnesses. We have used these measures before and they have helped us secure convictions in numerous cases."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 2039 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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