Arrests in pizza worker murder

Police have made two arrests in connection with the murder of Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, who was stabbed to death in Sheffield during his last shift as a delivery man for Domino's Pizza. A 25-year-old man and a 17-year-old male are being held.

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Domino's fund UK flights for murdered worker's family

Domino's Pizza said they will pay the cost of flying the family of a murdered employee to the UK.

The company are to buy flights for relatives of delivery driver Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, who was stabbed to death on Sunday while making his last ever pizza delivery.

The Domino's Pizza in Sheffield where Thavisha Lakindu Peiris worked. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

Domino’s CEO Lance Batchelor said: "Thavisha's family being so far away adds to the pain of this tragic situation and bringing them over to the UK is of paramount importance."

Pizza delivery worker 'would not have harmed an ant'

Thavisha Lakindu Peiris (right), pictured here with his parents and brother, was described as gentle and deeply religious Credit: Family / South Yorkshire Police

The parents of a pizza delivery worker fatally stabbed during his last shift have described him as "the most caring and loving son a parent could have," adding that he "would not even harm an ant."

Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, 25, was found dead at the wheel of his car on Sunday evening in the Southey Crescent area of Sheffield.

He had been due to start a new job as an IT consultant.

Speaking from their family home in Sri Lanka, his father Sarath Mahinda Peiris and mother Sudarma Narangoda said: "We are still unable to comprehend that he is actually gone.

“Thavisha was full of life and always had a smile on his face. Anyone who met him immediately liked him.

“We sent our son to the UK to study so he can have a better life. Now we are left with only a broken heart."

Pizza delivery driver stabbed to death on final shift

A pizza delivery driver, who was on his final shift before starting his dream job in IT, was stabbed to death as he delivered his last ever order.

Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, 25, was found slumped at the wheel of his car on Sunday evening in the Southey area of Sheffield.

Police said they cannot explain the "brutal and shocking death" of Mr Peiris who came to the UK from Sri Lanka to study IT.

University 'saddened' to hear of graduate's death

Sheffield Hallam University has paid tribute to murdered pizza worker Thavisha Peiris who was fatally stabbed as he made his final delivery before starting a career as an IT consultant.

A spokesman said: "The university is saddened to hear of the tragic death on Sunday of Thavisha Peiris, who successfully graduated in 2011 with a degree in information technology.

"We encourage anyone with information to contact South Yorkshire Police."

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Pizza worker's colleagues 'have quit in fear'

The manager of the Domino's Pizza where Thavisha Peiris worked said that four of his drivers are so worried since the murder they have quit their jobs.

Ravi Marripudi paid tribute to the "kind" 25-year-old IT graduate.

It is so shocking, he was such a kind person.

If someone had wanted money, he would not have fought. He would have handed it over. He was just a really nice person.

He was very excited about his new job.

– Ravi Marripudi, Sheffield Domino's manager

Police appeal to mothers to help with pizza death probe

Police appealed directly to mothers to help with an investigation into the death of a 25-year-old student who was stabbed to death as he made his final pizza delivery.

Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray said: "Was it your son that came home a little bit dishevelled, perhaps with bloodstained clothing?"

The IT graduate was said by police to be "very close" to his family in Sri Lanka and spoke to his own mother every day.

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