The devastated family of a motor racing fan who died after being attacked with an axe have said he "didn't have a bad bone in his body".
Ryan Lowry, 36 from Marple, was chased down the street in Partington, and attacked by an assailant with an axe shortly before midnight on Thursday, Greater Manchester Police said.
A 31-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of his murder has been detained under the Mental Health Act, reports the Manchester Evening News .
Mr Lowry's family have asked if people would like to do something in his memory, they could make donations to a mental health charity Calm, if they so wish.
In a statement they said: "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 humour, he will be missed by so many.
"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."
The attacker was seen smashing up some parked cars before he attacked Mr Lowry, who then reported what he had one to police before fleeing from the scene, a GMP spokesman said.
Eyewitnesses said a car with a smashed rear windscreen was seen parked on another driveway.
A resident told the Manchester Evening News : "I was just going to bed when I heard the car being smashed up.
"When I looked out the window there were two men fighting. There was a lot of shouting. It was inaudible but repetitive.
"It looked like one of them had a weapon, though I couldn't see what it was.
"I just saw their arms going like that.
"When it looked safe to go out some of the people in the flats went out. It wasn't a nice thing to see.
"Put it this way, it’s nothing to do with either of those two houses.”
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin said: "Our thoughts remain with Ryan's family, who continue to be cared for by specialist officers at this dreadful time.
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"I would like to reassure the community that, while our inquiries 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."
Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 6777, quoting incident number 3649 of 28/02/20, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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