Heartfelt tribute paid to murdered man found on Salford playing field

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 19th December 2023

The family of a man found dead on the edge of a playing field in Salford have issued a heartbreaking tribute to their ‘true friend and hero’.

Tanyaradzwa Julius Matera, known to his family as Julius, was found dead on Thursday 7 December, with a formal murder investigation launched.

Officers had been called to a property on Great Cheetham Street West at around 2.35am, and after conducting a search of the surrounding area, found the body of the 43-year-old.

He was found on land between Great Cheetham Street West, and Salford & Broughton Cricket & Football Club.

Two men were arrested at the scene, with a further man later arrested, on suspicion of murder. All have been released on bail pending further investigation, with GMP urging anyone with information about Julius’ death to get in contact.


The man’s family and community have now issued heartfelt tributes to Julius, saying they ‘feel robbed’.

Paying tribute to him, his family said: “A tribute to a true friend and hero in our lives, our family will never be the same after the unfortunate and abrupt ending to the life of Tanyaradzwa Julius Matera.


“Tanyaradzwa was always our template for the qualities of love, empathy and humility. He showed us how to smile all the time and we feel robbed.

From the Zimbabwean community, a further tribute said: “We remember a loyal and caring man whose life has been taken away.

“His contribution to the Manchester community covered all areas of politics, social entertainment, and community cohesion.”


GMP said: “Officers are still appealing to anyone that might have an information into Julius’ death to please get in touch with police, this includes any relevant footage such as mobile, doorbell, CCTV or dashcam to contact us on 0161 856 3635, quoting log number 218 of 07/12/2023.

“Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Information can also be uploaded to GMP’s Major Incident Public Portal –

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