Police carrying out an investigation into a murder in Braintree have identified the man who died as Michael Haastrup, aged 24, from Southend. His family have issued a tribute to Michael who had recently become a father.
They said: "Michael was a new father, a son, a brother and a good friend who had his whole life ahead of him. He had just got a new job and had a lovely new home with his partner and new son.
"He was loved by many and helped people when he could. He used to bring in young homeless children to spend Christmas with his family to make them feel a part of this world again and bring hope into their lives."May his humble soul rest in peace."
Michael will be formally identified by HM Coroner when a inquest into his death is opened.
A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder currently remains in custody being questioned by detectives.
A 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.