Friends and family pay moving tributes to teenager found dead in Wigan flash
Emotional tributes have been paid to a "lovely" teenager whose death has sparked a murder probe.
Eighteen-year-old Samson Price was found at Scotman's Flash in Wigan on Sunday afternoon, after emergency services were called to reports of concern for the welfare of a man.
Three men, aged 17, 18 and 19, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are still being questioned by detectives.
Friends and relatives of Samson, a former pupil at Hawkley Hall High School, have taken to social media to pay their respects.
Sharing photographs of her grandson, Rosanne Boswell said: "RIP my beautiful grandson I will all ways love you Samson one of gods angels now look down on us and your Mam and dad and your Big sister Atlanta love from your granny rosann."
Pat Boswell said: "Rip my cuz cannot believe it we will get you justice"
Ty Pilling said: "Rip brother never forget you see I in the better life Samson Price always gonna have you in my heart brother"
Many tributes have also been left on Wigan Today's Facebook page, as Samson's sudden death leaves the community in mourning.
Denise Harrison said: "Hope Samson’s family get justice for him and they throw away the key. R.i.p Samson. Such a terrible waste of a lovely & popular boys life. So many lives affected by this awful news. Thinking of all his family & friends."
Carole Mcmyler said: "Sincere and heartfelt sympathy sent to Samsons' family and friends. I hope justice prevails. It's a horrible world we live in today. Rest in paradise beautiful Samson."
Caroline Hornby said: "Rip samson, such a lovely lad. Thoughts are with Samson family"
Wendy Swift said: "A lovely young man and a lovely family. So so sad. Rest in peace. My thought and prayers are with his family xxx"
Shirley Phillips said: "Thoughts with all the family. I hope justice is found, though it will never repair the gap left in hearts. RIP Samson"
Carrie McDermott said: "Fly high young man absolutely heartbreaking"
Lisa Marie Gorman said: "Heartbreaking! Such a lovely polite young lad, taken too soon. God rest his soul"
Nearly 300 people have already donated to an appeal set up to help pay for a funeral for Samson, which has collected more than £3,000 so far.
Police are continuing to investigate Samson's death and have three teenagers in custody, though they say they are keeping an "open mind" as to the circumstances.
Officers remained at Scotman's Flash and on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal on Monday as the investigation continued.
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call police on 0161 856 9908, quoting incident of 1457 of October 4, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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