Yousef Makki’s mother, 55, dies ‘heartbroken’ 15 months after her son, 17, was stabbed to death in battle with boyfriend
- Yousef Makki was hit in the heart by his friend Joshua Molnar in Hale Barns
- Debbie Makki passed away, with family saying she is now with her son
- Her family confirmed that she “ passed away peacefully ” this morning
The mother of a high school boy who was stabbed to death in a prosperous Cheshire village has died, her family said.
17-year-old Yousef Makki, a scholarship boy at Manchester Grammar School, was heartbroken by his friend, former public schoolboy Joshua Molnar, 18, during a fight in posh Hale Barns on March 2 last year.
On Sunday, the family said his mother Debbie Makki had died. A message on the Justice for Yousef Makki Facebook page, written by his sister Jade Akoum, said: “ My beautiful strong mother Debbie Makki died peacefully on May 24 at 4 a.m.
Debbie Makki (right, at a knife crime vigil) died 15 months after Yousef (left) was stabbed to death
“God rests your soul, at least you are now with Yousef, we told him we needed you here a little longer, but you had to be together!
“I saw you over the fence twice in twelve weeks because I was worried about you with corona and we said we’d all have a big party when it was all over.
“We love you so much, I didn’t think my heart could take any more pain, loss and grief.
“Please pray for her soul today and pray for my little brother who in a year has lost two of the people closest to him and all of us who have been left behind.
In the photo: Joshua Molnar out of court
“Mom died with a broken heart and we knew she wanted justice for Yousef, and I promise we won’t give up mom until we have it for you.”
Molnar, from a wealthy Cheshire family, was acquitted of Yousef’s murder and manslaughter after a trial in Manchester Crown Court last July when he claimed he was acting in self-defense.
He admitted that he held a knife and twisted the course of justice and was held in custody for 16 months.
A second defendant, who can only be identified as boy B, was convicted of possessing a knife and sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.
He was acquitted of perverting the course of justice and along with Molnar was found not guilty of a single charge of conspiracy to steal.
Ms. Makki and the family called for a full investigation into Yousef’s death, and at a pre-investigation hearing in February, their legal representative Matthew Stanbury said that the cases surrounding the teen’s death “were not sufficiently broadcast.”
In October Ms Makki gave a speech at an anti-knife crime summit in Manchester. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham was among those who paid tribute to her.
He wrote on Twitter: “I’m so sorry to hear this news. And after everything the family has experienced. Debbie was so nice and made so much more. My love for all of them. ‘