Trib­utes to ‘tal­ented mu­si­cian’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By DA­MON WILKIN­SON da­mon.wilkin­son@trin­i­tymir­ @Da­monWilkin­son6

BAND­MATES of a pop­u­lar rap­per who died from stab wounds in Rochdale have paid trib­ute to the ‘tal­ented’ mu­si­cian.

Matty Shaw, 25, a mem­ber of the eight-strong Rochdale-based Team23 rap crew, died fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent on the Lower Falinge es­tate on Wed­nes­day, May 9.

A teenager has been charged with mur­der in con­nec­tion with his death.

Now fel­low mem­bers of Team23 have been paid heart­felt trib­utes to their ‘tal­ented, out­spo­ken’ friend.

Mitchell Lin­gard, 23, was with Matty the night he died. Matty had been stay­ing at Mitchell’s Lower Falinge flat in the months be­fore his death.

Mitchell said: “We met through the group about six months ago. “It was quite an in­tense friend­ship. “He seemed quiet at first, but he ended up be­ing prob­a­bly the most out­spo­ken one in the group.

“He was deep and a lit­tle bit dark, but was also a very, very funny per­son and a very cre­ative and tal­ented in­di­vid­ual.

“You def­i­nitely couldn’t judge him by his cover.”

Fel­low Team23 mem­ber Jay Adams has recorded a track in mem­ory of his friend, en­ti­tled #Team23 (RIP Matty Shaw).

The 22-year-old, from Mil­nrow, said: “In Team23 we’ve all been through dif­fer­ent paths in our lives, we’ve all had our issues.

“But through our mu­sic we’re able to ex­plain how we’re re­ally feel­ing. It’s an out­let for us.

“It’s been one of the worst weeks of my life.

“Matty was al­ways the one in the cor­ner of the room and if there was a laugh, he’d be the one pro­vid­ing it.

“He would do any­thing for any­one. It’s hurt us so deep, he was such a nice guy. “He didn’t de­serve this. “That’s why we’re find­ing it so hard to live with.”

Friends have also paid trib­ute to Matty on so­cial me­dia, de­scrib­ing him as a ‘hard-work­ing’ and ‘nice lad’ who was taken ‘too soon.’

Dani Louise shared a photo of Matty on Face­book, writ­ing: “Known you all my life, just can’t be­lieve what I’m hear­ing, was such a lovely and car­ing lad, RIP Matty. Will al­ways be in my thoughts.”

Nathan Brad­bury, 19, of no fixed ad­dress, has been charged with mur­der and sec­tion 47 assault.

He is due to appear at Manch­ester Crown Court.

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