Police have revealed that Jamie McMahon died after suffering a head injury following a ‘violent attack’.
At a press conference in St Giles Churchyard today, assistant chief constable Russ Foster made an appeal for any member of the public who was in the churchyard between 1.45am and 7.45am on Wednesday to come forward.
Mr Foster said the police were pursuing a number of lines of inquiry, but had not ruled out robbery as a potential motive and did not rule out the possibility a weapon was involved.
Mr Foster said: “We do know that Jamie was the subject of a violent attack.
“We cannot rule out robbery as a motive and that is a line of inquiry at the moment.”
The body of Mr McMahon, of Abbey Road, Far Cotton, Northampton, was discovered by a member of the public at about 7.45am on Wednesday and he was last seen alive at about 2am the same morning wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, jeans and trainers.
Detective inspector Louise Hemmingway, who is working on the murder investigation, said it is believed that Mr McMahon had enjoyed a night out with some friends playing snooker on Tuesday.
Ms Hemmingway said the last sighting of Mr McMahon had been at Flames kebab shop on York Road and it is believed he then went to St Giles Churchyard to eat his takeaway food.
Ms Hemmingway said: “Jamie had two brothers and a mum and dad. He was a genuinely nice young man which can be seen from all the tribute messages that have been left for him.”
A forensic post mortem took place on Wednesday at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Police have said the cause of death remains “unclear”, and further tests are due to be conducted.