Tribute to 'gentle and fun loving' Salford stab victim

Adam Steele
Image caption Adam Steele was "gentle, fun loving and caring", his family said

The family of a care worker who was stabbed to death in Greater Manchester on New Year's Day have paid tribute to a "gentle and fun loving" man.

Police were called to the junction of Lancaster Road and Orient Road in Salford at 0525 GMT. They found Adam Delroy Lewis Steele with stab wounds.

The 23-year-old, from Irlam O'Th' Heights, died shortly afterwards.

Police have started a murder inquiry and appealed to anyone with information to contact them.

They said they did not believe Mr Steele had been specifically targeted.

In a statement, his family said: "Adam was a gentle, fun loving and caring young man whose job was to look after the elderly.

"His whole family is devastated about what has happened and will struggle to come to terms with the loss of such a vibrant, young life.

"Adam will be missed by everyone who knew him."

Det Ch Insp Jon Chadwick, of Greater Manchester Police, said Mr Steele was leaving a house party with a friend when he started a conversation with a group of people.

It turned into a confrontation and ended with Mr Steele, who had celebrated his birthday on 23 December, being stabbed.

He said: "It is a tragedy that a young man has lost his life and a horrible start to the new year for Adam's family and friends.

"We are doing everything we can to find those responsible for his death and bring them to justice - a team of detectives is making inquiries and we are continuing to examine the scene."

Mr Chadwick said he believed the group had left the scene in a small silver vehicle and appealed to anyone who saw it in the Lancaster Road area at about 0530 GMT to contact police.

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