20th Oct, 2019

Church calls for donations to help Coventry stab victim's family pay for funeral

Felix Nobes 18th Jun, 2019 Updated: 19th Jun, 2019

A DONATIONS page has been set up to help Emmanuel Lukenga’s grieving family pay for his funeral after he was stabbed in Coventry.

The online page is aiming to raise £1,000 after an outpouring of sympathy for his family on social media.

Mr Lukenga was killed after being stabbed in the leg in Franklin Grove, Tile Hill, just after 2.30pm last Wednesday (June 12).

Michelle Harris – parish secretary at Our Lady of the Assumption Church on Tile Hill Lane – started the page on Friday (June 14).

She said: “As several people have approached asking how they can help Emmanuel’s family. I thought this would be the easiest way to help with the cost of his funeral.

“The whole of his family is well-loved in the parish community. We are all so shocked.

“Something needs to be done to deal with crime in the area. It’s not just Manny’s family that have been affected but many others across the city.

“I just hope his death hasn’t been pointless and something can be done.”

A fellow churchgoer implored people to donate on Facebook. They said: “If you live in Coventry you might have heard of a recent fatal stabbing in Tile Hill. The young man who died was a son of my church member (Our Lady of the Assumption).

“If any of my friends would like to donate any amount of money to help this family with the funeral costs it would be much appreciated.”

The page has so far raised £159.

Enroy Ruddock, 18, has been charged with his murder.

He is due to appear at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday (June 19) and has been remanded in custody.

Two other men were arrested in connection to the tragic incident and have since been bailed.

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