ENTERTAINMENT

The 13-year-old teenager is now the second man charged with the murder of a man in the churchyard


A 13-year-old boy was charged with the cemetery murder of Steven McMyler in Wigan after a "previous altercation" at the church.

McMyler, 34, was found dead in the gardens of Wigan Parish Church in Bishopgate last Thursday.

A 19-year-old man, Jordan Short, of Kirby, Merseyside, appeared in court yesterday and was charged with a single murder.

The 13-year-old boy from Whiston, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court, which is also charged with murder.

According to the Greater Manchester Police Department, three men, aged 30, 19 and 18, who had previously been arrested on suspicion of murder, were released under investigation.

In a statement released yesterday, police said: “Just before 7:50 pm on Thursday, August 6th, the police were called by ambulance to report concerns about a man outside the church in Bishopgate, Wigan.

Stephen McMyler, 34, pictured died outside Wigan Parish Church in Bishopgate, Wigan on Friday

"Despite the best efforts by the emergency services, Steven James McMyler unfortunately died on the scene."

Mr. McMyler's family paid tribute to him, saying: “Steven was a very personable boy and everyone who came across him loved him as much as we all do.

“He was a popular boy and he lit the room as soon as he entered. Everyone thought of the world of him because he had a heart of gold.

"We can't believe what happened and we are struggling to come to terms with this terrible tragedy."

Police said the investigation was continuing and repeated a call for testimony.

Mr. McMyler was treated on site by emergency services but later died.

Detectives are now asking for information on the identities of four men who were seen at Wigan Wallgate Station 30-60 minutes earlier.

Three men, ages 30, 19 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of murder, and an 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting a perpetrator.

Detectives are now asking for information on the identity of four men pictured who were seen 30-60 minutes earlier at Wigan Wallgate Station

Detectives are now asking for information about the identity of four men pictured who were seen 30-60 minutes earlier at Wigan Wallgate Station

The police believe that four men pictured "may contain important information about this incident" and appeal to the public to contact them if they know someone who is pictured

The police believe that four men pictured "may contain important information about this incident" and appeal to the public to contact them if they know someone who is pictured

All four were released on bail.

Greater Manchester Police Department Detective Inspector Wes Knights said, “This devastating incident made Stephen's family feel broken and they deserve answers.

“While we have made good progress in the early stages of this investigation, we would like to ensure that we hear from any possible witness to this incident.

“We are particularly keen to identify and hear from four men who we believe contain important information about this incident, and I ask the public to contact us if they recognize any of these men.

In a moving post on Facebook, Stephen's partner Alex Hughes said they were going to Tenerife on Friday but found out instead that he had died.

She said, “Thank you for the last 12 months of my life. I know we've had our ups and downs lately, but my god we had a few laughs.

“My best buddy, and I'm sorry this happened, you will always have a special place in my heart. And I promise to always be there for your family, friends and little girls. & # 39;

A special portal has been set up for the public through which information can be exchanged with the police. She continues to appeal to everyone who knows these four men pictured to get in touch

A special portal has been set up for the public through which information can be exchanged with the police, as they continue to ask all people who know these four men in the picture to report

Police believe there has been a "previous argument" in the church and publish pictures of the four men shown they would like to speak to

Police believe there has been a "previous argument" in the church and publish pictures of the four men shown they would like to speak to

Anyone with information should contact the police on 0161 856 4815 specifying incident 2974 of 08/06/2020.

Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A special portal has been set up for the public to share their information with the investigation team.

Anyone who has mobile or local CCTV footage that evening about the incident or other suspicious activity in the area can upload media to https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4z0iy2ckk0blkms/AACqaid19ZEML9CrQOdyFLhNa?dl=0

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