Friends have been paying tribute to Stephen Ashton on his Facebook page and on Twitter after the British tourist was killed at a New Year's Eve party in Thailand.
One person wrote: "Cannot believe what I've just seen...in complete and utter shock...thoughts are with you and your family".
Others described him as an "absolute gent" and a "lovely boy".
Another wrote on Twitter:
RIP Stephen Ashton, can't believe it absolute shock, nicest fella and had so much going for him! Rip steveFrom @_PhilBurch on Twitter: