The headteacher of Benji Bolsenbroek's former school, Trinity Catholic College (formerly St David's) in Middlesbrough, said the young father was a "valued and popular member" of their family, who was a "talented sportsman and a young man who tried to do his best in his studies."
In a statement, Peter Coady said the school offered its condolences to his family. Prayers have also been said at Holy Mass.
Meanwhile, floral tributes have been laid near the pub where Benji Bolsenbroek had been celebrating his son Kianey's birth at the weekend.
One message said: Sadly missed. Such a good lad."
Another read: "Miss you. Gone to the angels now."