It’s understood police, who were called to the scene at 2.30am on Saturday, have now made an arrest.
Shaun’s girlfriend Kelly Fielding, 30, has paid tribute to her ‘kind boyfriend’, who she said was a ‘devoted dad’.
She has told how she was in the passenger seat of the car Shaun had been driving along the road when he was stabbed by an unknown assailant.
The mum-of-four said: “I got him out of the car on to the roadside, I gave him CPR, he was losing so much blood.
“He looked up at me, I told him not to give up, he smiled at me, told me he loved me, then he was gone.”
Paramedics battled to save Shaun’s life, but he died in Kelly’s arms.
She said: “Shaun always worked hard to give his son a better life than he had growing up.
“He was so kind – lots of people took his kindness as a weakness but he knew how to handle himself.
“Really though, he was a soft teddy bear, he didn’t like drama or trouble, he was always the mediator, he didn’t like falling out with anyone, he always wanted the best for other people. I loved him, I miss him.”
Kelly added: “He had so much ahead, he wanted to travel, we were planning our first holiday together. He couldn’t wait for the future really.
“We were planning to go to Blackpool to lay flowers for my dad who died last year on Sunday.
“On Thursday he had bought me a promise ring. We were so happy together.”
Just a week earlier, Kelly said Shaun had got his first tattoo – her name on his neck.
He was devoted to his young son, she said.
Supt Steve Howard from GMP’s City of Manchester Team said: “First of all my thoughts are with the man’s family at this horrific time. What they are going through is unimaginable.”
He added: “We have launched a murder investigation and we are working hard to piece together what happened to the man.
“We are appealing for anyone who saw the incident or saw anyone acting suspiciously, or looking like they had been injured to get in touch.
“Any information, no matter how small could be vital to our investigation.
“There will be an increased police presence in the area as we piece together what exactly happened and as a reassurance to the local community.”
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