The two-time heavyweight champion said on Sunday that a cousin of boxer Tyson Fury was stabbed to death in England on Saturday night.
Fury wrote in an Instagram post that Rico Burton was mortally knelt in the neck, calling it “ridiculous” that “idiots carry knives” in the United Kingdom.
“The government needs to give higher punishment for the knife crime, it’s an epidemic and you don’t know how bad it is until it’s in your 1st!” The British-born Fury posted a picture with the caption, “Stop Knife Crime.”
“Life is too precious and can be taken too quickly,” Fury continued. “Enjoy every moment.”
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that Burton, 31, died after being stabbed in a “disturbance” in the Goose Green neighborhood of Altrincham. Police said an unidentified 17-year-old was also stabbed.
According to the police, two men, aged 20 and 21, have been arrested in connection with the incident.
“First of all, I take this opportunity to express my sincere condolences to Rico’s family and friends,” Detective Superintendent Ben Ewart said on Sunday.
“Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into the murder and specialist officers are supporting the victim’s family.”
Police say that the incident happened around 3 am local time.
“It was a foolish act and both victims should have returned home this morning after enjoying the night with friends,” Ewart continued.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who was overnight at the popular night spot of Goose Green in Altrincham or who may have information regarding this incident. Any photos, videos or even CCTV footage to help with our investigation would be extremely valuable.