The family of a man who died in Colchester have paid tribute to a “devoted father” whose death has left them heartbroken.
Emergency services were called to Buffett Way shortly before 1.10am today, Tuesday 7 May, with reports a man aged in his 30s had been stabbed.
Sadly he died, despite the efforts of paramedics.
We have identified him as Murdoch Brown, 31, from Colchester.
His family said: “Murdoch was a much-loved partner, son, brother and uncle.
“He was a devoted father to his children and his family are heartbroken. They wish to grieve in peace.
“He will be very much missed by his family and friends.”
A second man, identified as 44 year-old Robert Brown, was also believed to have been injured but left the scene before emergency services arrived.
We have now located him and he is not seriously injured.
Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We remain open-minded as to the circumstances surrounding what happened but at this early stage but we do not believe there is a risk to the wider public.
“I’d like to thank members of the public who have helped us with our enquiries so far.
“We’d like to speak to anyone who was in the Buffett Way area in the early hours of this morning and saw what happened or anything suspicious.
“This is an awful incident where a 31 year old father has been murdered. We believe that two men ran from Buffett Way shortly after 1am. If you saw anyone in the area I need to hear from you. We would like to speak to anyone who lives in the area and has CCTV or has a vehicle with a dashcam and was either parked in or driving in the Greensted area between 10pm and 2am.”
Witnesses and anyone with information are asked to call the North Major Crime Team on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org