A 52-year-old lawyer who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver in a busy shopping centre was a devoted father, his family has said.
Peter Duncan was attacked in what police said was an unprovoked chance « coming together » with a group of youths near Old Eldon Square in Newcastle.
He was attacked at about 18:20 BST on Wednesday and died later in hospital.
Seven teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of his murder.
The boys, a 14 year-old, two 15-year-olds and four 17-year-olds, remain in custody.
Northumbria Police said it believed Mr Duncan was attacked after a « chance encounter » outside a branch of Greggs.
Mr Duncan, from Newcastle, was described by his family as a « devoted father and husband ».
« Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others, » they added.
« He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him.
« His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all. »
Ch Supt Ged Noble said it appeared there had been a « coming together » at the entrance to the shopping centre, which led to Mr Duncan receiving a single puncture wound to the chest.
He added: « This was a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to Peter’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
« Peter’s family have requested that their privacy is respected during this difficult time.
« We will be continuing extra patrols in the area and I would urge anyone with concerns to speak to an officer. »
Source: The Guardian