The family of murder victim Jamie McMahon have described the 26-year-old as a lovable, caring young man who would do anything for anyone.
Mr McMahon’s body was found in St Giles Churchyard in Northampton town centre at about 7.45am on Wednesday.
He was last seen alive shortly before 2am in the nearby York Road area after enjoying a night out with friends.
In a statement issued by Northamptonshire Police, his family said: “We are devastated to lose our beloved Jamie in such tragic circumstances.
“He was the most lovable, caring young man, with a tremendous sense of humour and a contagious smile. We are so proud that he was part of our family.
“He would do absolutely anything for anyone, which has been evident in the enormous amount of messages we have received from his large circle of friends.
“We are overwhelmed and comforted by the heartwarming and wonderful tributes that have been flooding in from far and wide.
“We would appeal to anyone who may have any information, however insignificant it may seem, to come forward.”
In a post on Facebook, Mr McMahon’s brother, Micky, added: “Words could never describe how each and every one of us are feeling. Why things happen to good people like this nobody shall ever know.”
Describing his brother as a natural comic, he added: “You brighten up every situation, in such an incredible family you are the highlight, and always will be.
“It’s been a pleasure having you by my side and you will always be in my heart and on my mind, please anyone reading this, raise a very big glass to the living legend that is Jamie McMahon, I love you Jamie. We all do!”
Northamptonshire Police have a team of detectives across the region working to piece together the events leading up to Mr McMahon’s death and to identify any suspects.
They have appealed to anyone who was in the area around St Giles church between 1.45am and 7.45am on Wednesday to come forward.
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster said: “We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry. We cannot rule out robbery as a motive and that is a line of inquiry at the moment.
“We know that Jamie was attacked and that he suffered head and face injuries. We are waiting for further test results to confirm his exact cause of death.”
Mr McMahon, who lived in Abbey Road, Far Cotton, was last seen wearing a dark coloured hoodie, jeans and trainers.
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.