Three teens released in Wigan murder probe as investigation continues into death of 'all-round great lad'

Teenagers arrested on suspicion of the murder of a young rugby player have been released on bail by police.
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Detectives were quizzing three men, aged 17, 18 and 19, after the death of Samson Price, whose body was found at Westwood Flash on Sunday afternoon.

The two older men have now been released on bail by the police, while the younger was released under investigation.

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A murder investigation was launched on Sunday after the body of 18-year-old Samson, from Goose Green, was discovered in the water.

Samson Price, right, with team matesSamson Price, right, with team mates
Samson Price, right, with team mates

Many tributes have poured in since, the most recent coming from Wigan RUFC, where Samson was a player and team member.

A statement issued by the club described him as a "great character, intelligent player and an all-round great lad" and highlighted his role in the Lancashire Cup under 15s winning team in 2018.

In an emotional tribute, his captain and team mate Sam Parker said: “Samson Price, I don’t think any words could fully describe how much of a fun, brave, proud and loving person he was. The impact he had on a team was immense. I’m proud to say I played alongside such a brilliant lad.

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"One moment that comes to mind when I think of Samson, is playing in the Lancashire Cup final, battling through tough conditions and a tough opponent he ran the ball through the other team like a man possessed. His effort put Wigan in the lead and made the whole team see the light at the end of what seemed to be a very long tunnel.

"Samson was willing to leave his everything on the pitch, he wore his heart on his sleeve and for that I am forever inspired.

"Samson was more than just a team mate he was a brother, he meant so much to so many people. We will always remember the many times where he made us smile or made us feel happy. He had a smile that could light up a room and that will forever be in our hearts.

"He will truly be missed by us all. It's times like these that give us pause for reflection. We should cherish our loved ones, tell your friends and family you love them because today is a gift and tomorrow isn’t a given.

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"My heart goes out to his loving and wonderful family. He is a credit to you all.

"Fly high my brother, keep smiling and continue to make us all proud.”

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