The family of a father of four who was killed outside a McDonald's restaurant last week have paid tribute to him as a harmless man who was "loved by all who knew him".
Bradley Moore, 43, was found in the street in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester shortly before 10:50pm on 27 July. He died hours later in hospital from injuries to his head and abdomen.
Four boys, one aged 12, two aged 16, and one aged 17, appeared at Oldham magistrates' court on Monday charged with his murder, before later appearing at Manchester crown court the same day. Due to their ages, none can be named.
The 12-year-old is thought to be one of the youngest people charged with murder in the UK. All four are remanded in custody.
In a statement issued on their behalf by Greater Manchester police, Moore's family said they will always love him.
"My dad was a harmless man and was loved by all those who knew him," Moore's daughter Alex said. "I will make him proud and I know he will be watching over me, my brothers, Reece and Jack, and my little sister Emma."
Moore's youngest sister, Melanie, said: "Bradley was a tough character who led a difficult life at times. For it to be cut short so tragically is truly heart-breaking. At least he can now rest at ease with our mother. May he rest in peace."
The family also said that despite speculation to the contrary, Moore was not living in the streets and "was trying to better himself before he was murdered". They expressed their sadness that they "will never get to see his full recovery due to his untimely death".
Detective Inspector John Mulvihill from GMP’s major incident team said: "This is a tragic case and four young people have been charged in connection with Bradley’s murder.
"Our investigation remains ongoing and I am continuing to appeal for witnesses that were in or around the McDonald's on Warrington Street at around 10:30pm on Wednesday 27 July to come forward.
"I would also like to appeal to the driver of a Vauxhall Corsa to come forward, who visited McDonald's at this time and parked his vehicle on Warrington Street, near to the restaurant. I believe he may have information that will assist this investigation."
The four defendants charged with Moore's murder are due to stand trial on 16 January after a plea and trial preparation hearing on 15 August.
Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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