A 31 year old man arrested following the brutal murder in Partington on Thursday night has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
A 36-year-old man was pursued down the street by a man wielding an axe, who then proceeded to attack the victim who has now been identified as 36-year-old Ryan Lowry from Marple.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Our thoughts remain with Ryan’s family, who continue to be cared for by specialist officers at this dreadful time.
“I would like to reassure the community that, while our enquiries continue, we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this tragic incident.
“The arrested man and Ryan were known to one another and police are working hard to understand the reason for this horrific attack.
Meanwhile Ryan’s family have issued the following tribute
We, as a family, would like to thank all those that have sent such kind and thoughtful messages so far. They are testament to how well-loved and respected Ryan is.
“It’s hard to believe how something like this can happen to someone like Ryan, who did not have a bad bone in his body. All he ever did was to be there, in whatever way he could, for those that needed help.
“As a person full of kindness, strong principles and humor, he will be missed by so many. Please respect our privacy at this difficult time.
“Ryan loved motor cars and motor racing and was co-founder of the CALM All Porsche Trophy series, raising awareness and money for mental health.
“So many people have asked if there is anything they can do at this time. We know Ryan would appreciate, should anyone want to, any donations to CALM.”
Website link for CALM – www.thecalmzone.net