THE family of Reece Tansey have paid an emotional tribute to him saying he "had a twinkle in his eye and a ready smile".

Reece, aged 15, died in the early hours of Tuesday, after being found with unsurvivable stab injuries on Walker Avenue, Great Lever.

In a statement his heartbroken family spoke about how the Harper Green School pupil would make people smile and  his love for his family and friends.

The tribute reads: "Reece was a 15-year-old boy - cheeky and funny. He had a twinkle in his eye and a ready smile.

"Reece loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends. He had a sense of humour that was contagious, he regularly played pranks on his mum and dad, which left his little brother in heaps of giggles.

"Reece had an ability to make you smile and it was often difficult to be serious with him. He was at an age where he was starting to find his way in life, and become his own person, but he always needed his mum and adored her and the rest of his family.

"His life has been tragically cut short, his death is something that we will never understand and certainly never get over.

"Reece deserves to be remembered as the boy loved by his family, not as the boy  cruelly allegedly stabbed and left to die in the street.

"He deserves to be remembered as the boy who loved motorbikes, who was full of life and had a passion for living, not as yet another statistic in the rise of knife crime.

"The death of Reece has had a profound effect on his family and friends, and indeed on the larger community. To say he will be missed is a great understatement.

"We would like to thank everybody for their kind words and support at this difficult time."

Two teenagers have been charged with murder and will next appear at Manchester Crown Court on Monday.

The police investigation into the Reece's death is continuing, with officers making a fresh appeal for information.

Detective Inspector Nicola McCulloch, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "Our thoughts are with Reece's family who are understandably devastated. We currently have specialist officers supporting them through this horrific time.

"Two teenagers have currently been charged with Reece's murder and we're continuing to ask anyone with information to come forward. Even the smallest information may assist with our enquiries.

"Anyone with information or anyone with videos and images can submit them directly via the Major Incident Public Portal at

"Alternatively, call 101 quoting log number 359 of 04/05/2021 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."