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UPDATE: Men released on bail after arrests in connection with Bradford murder

Brothers Leroy and Ashley Vanzie

Brothers Ashely and Leroy Vanzie (left to right)

By Jay Unger and Mike Berriman

The two men  arrested in connection with the murder of Bradford man Leroy Vanzie have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The men, aged 25 and 36, were arrested after Leroy, 32, was found outside his home in Corban Street at about 7.36pm on Tuesday.

He had suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital, where he sadly died a short time later

Leroy was the brother of boxing stars Bobby and Ashley Vanzie.

Bobby “Viper” Vanzie is a former Commonwealth Boxing Council champion and his younger brother Ashley is hoping to be a part of the GB Olympic team in Rio 2016.

Floral tributes to the  32-year-old model and actor, who appeared on Channel 4’s Playing it Straight in 2012, have been laid on Corban Street, where Leroy was found at 7.30pm with severe head injuries.

A photo taken from outside the home of the victim

A photo taken from outside the home of the victim

One read: “I can’t find the words to say how devaststed I am. God has taken a beautiful man. I will never forget your beautiful smile.”

Another said : “Sleep tight Leroy, such a beautiful person inside and out. Sleep with the angels.”

Today, sister Crystal has set-up a fundraising website to help raise funds to cover the cost of the funeral.

The website has a target £5,000 and includes a video tribute to her brother.

On the site she said: “Leroy was a very kind and gernous person and enjoyed the company of others, including his beloved pet dogs, He was an extremely talented young man with a lot to offer the world.”

Leroy was the son of Susan Brown and Barrington Vanzie.

Two men aged 25 and 36 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and both remain in custody while enquiries continue.

Tributes have also been paid to the actor and model on twitter.


Police are appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Watch Yorkshire Voice at 4.45 tonight for more.

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