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Boy, 13, charged with murder after man, 34, ‘kicked to death’ in churchyard

CHILD 'KILLER'

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with murder after a man was "kicked to death" in a churchyard.

Steven McMyler, 34, was found dead  in the gardens of Wigan Parish Church last Thursday.

Jordan Short, 19, appeared in court yesterday charged with murder.

Today, a 13-year-old boy from Merseyside will appear at Manchester Magistrates Court also charged with murder.

He cannot be named for legal reasons.

Greater Manchester Police said three men - aged 30, 18 and 19 - who were previously arrested on suspicion of murder have been released under investigation.

In a statement issued on Wednesday police, said: "Shortly before 7.50pm on Thursday, August 6, police were called by the ambulance service to reports of concern for a man outside the church on Bishopgate, Wigan.

"Despite the best efforts of emergency services, Steven James McMyler sadly died at the scene."

Steven's family have paid tribute to him saying he had a "heart of gold".

They said: “Steven was an extremely likeable lad, and everyone who came across him loved him as much as we all did.

"He was a popular lad, and he lit the room up as soon as he walked in.

“Everybody thought the world of him, as he had a heart of gold.

"We can’t believe what has happened, and we are struggling to come to terms with this terrible tragedy."

Emergency services had rushed to the scene just before 7.50pm on August 6 but Steven tragically died in the gardens.

Police are still appealing for anyone with information to come foward.

They can be contacted on 0161 856 4815 quoting incident 2974 of 06/08/2020.

Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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