The friend of an elderly Northampton man beaten to death in his own home says his neighbours will hold a vigil every week until his killer is brought to justice.
It has now been six weeks since David Brickwood, aged 74, died after being the victim a violent assault in his home in Lindsay Avenue, Abington.
Detectives leading the investigation said they were following up “strong leads” in the case but despite two arrests being made so far, no one has been charged with the pensioner’s murder.
On Friday residents of Lindsay Avenue held their sixth vigil for a man many thought of as the “heart of the community.”
Chinese lanterns were sent skywards in memory of the popular local figure known as ‘Monty’.
Karen Downes, who has knew Mr Brickwood for 41 years said the small Abington Street in which he lived is still shell-shocked by the loss.
Lindsay Avenue residents and those who knew Mr Brickwood intend to release the lanterns in a “wave of light” every Friday night at 10pm until his killer is found.
“It’s just so sad that no one has come forward so far,” Mrs Downes said. “At the end of the day David was someone’s father.
“He was the hearT of the community - as far as we were concerned he was the community.
“It didn’t matter what time of day it was, he would always be there and he would always have a smile for you.”
Grandmother of eight Mrs Downes, 52, has urged anyone with information about the murder to contact police.
As sets of flowers continue to arrive outside Mr Brickwood’s home, notices have been appearing around Northampton calling for information about the scrap metal dealer’s death.
It calls on anyone who was in the Lindsay Avenue area between midnight and 2.30am on Saturday, September 26 to contact the police if they have any information at all.
It also asks: “Did you see any vehicles moving around the area, or parked with people in them.”
Mrs Downes continued: “He didn’t deserve to die, yet alone still be lying in a mortuary in Leicester.
“He should be laid to rest here. Anybody that has information about his murder, have a heart and tell the police, so we can give him the send off he deserves.”