Floral tributes have been left near the Park Hotel in Linthorpe, where 23-year-old Benji Bolsenbroek was assaulted at the weekend.
The messages include:
Always in our hearts."
"Sadly missed. Such a good lad."
"Miss you. Gone to the angels now."
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