Out of respect to the family of the late Christopher Brahney, his friends have asked all members to leave the Facebook page that was set up to help find him.
According to Tom Ainsworth, Facebook will only close a group if it has no members. Posting on the page this afternoon, he said: “Chris’s friends and family would like to thank everyone for their support and help on this group. However, to make things easier for the family, can I ask all members to leave this group so we can shut it down. Facebook will only delete a group that has no members. Thank you all once again.”
Chris went missing late last month after attending a Stone Roses concert in Manchester. As part of a massive co-ordinated attempt to find him – including a rally in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens and a BBC interview with his father, Stuart, and two of his friends, Joe Higson and Tom Ainsworth – the “Help Find Chris Brahney” Facebook page was set up.
Hundreds of people attended the rally last Thursday, many of them then joining the search for the 22-year-old. His body was found on Monday morning in Salford Quays.
At its height, in excess of 120,000 people had joined the Facebook site, and its current membership still stands at over 119,000.
A post-mortem was carried out on Chris’s body yesterday, but police have told the BBC that the results are inconclusive. They are appealing for members of the public with any information to come forward.
Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes, of Manchester Police, told BBC News that police officers were continuing to offer support to the family, and added, “We are trying to give them the answers they so desperately need. We […] have a number of lines of inquiry that we are vigorously pursuing, including CCTV footage that could help us make more sense of Chris’s final movements, information from witnesses following the fantastic public response and other avenues for us to pursue.”
DI Oakes went on to outline what they had pieced together so far. “We understand that Chris walked from Shudehill, past a number of pubs, to Deansgate,” she said. “Anyone who saw Chris in Manchester city centre, carrying a Primark bag, is urged to call the police as soon as possible.”
Elsewhere, Elenor Brahney has set up a ForeverMissed memorial page in Christopher Brahney’s name.
Earlier in the week, a statement was issued by the Stone Roses. Band members Ian, John, Mani and Reni said, “We’d like to extend our sincerest condolences to Christopher’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with them at this incredibly sad time.”
Meanwhile, according to NME, a tribute campaign to get the band’s anthem “One Love” to the top of the UK singles chart has been cancelled, “at the request of Chris’s parents”.