The two sons of Northampton murder victim David Brickwood have appealed to the public to help find his killer.
Writing on a Facebook page set up in memory of Mr Brickwood, which now has more than 600 members, his sons Gary and Dale Brickwood have vowed to do everything they can to help police catch those responsible for his death.
Mr Brickwood, aged 74, died in Northampton General Hospital in the early hours of Saturday after being the victim of what police have described as a “violent assault” in his own home in Lindsay Avenue, Abington.
Dale Brickwood said: “Feel so lost, how could anybody do this to my dad, really need everybody’s help to find these cowards.
“My dad helped everybody, not a bad bone in him. My daughter is going to grow up, without knowing this great man, who was my dad, RIP dad.
Gary Brickwood said: “To my dad, I never got to tell you how proud I am to be your son and how honoured I am to say that your my dad, if I turn out to be half the man you was then I’m sure you would be proud, I promise to you that I will never rest until who ever took you from us is found. Rest my wonderful dad your son Gary xxxxxxx”
Northamptonshire Police are continuing to investigate Mr Brickwood’s death and an update is expected to be given this afternoon.
A major incident room has now been set up to investigate Mr Brickwood’s death, which police are treating as murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Graham, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a dreadful assault on an elderly man in his own home in the early hours of the morning.
“Fortunately, incidents of this nature are incredibly rare, and I would appeal to the public to contact us if they know anything about Mr Brickwood’s death or what may have happened in the hours leading up to this incident.”
Anyone who was in the Lindsay Avenue area in the early hours of this morning who saw or heard anything unusual is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101
Similarly, anyone who knows anything about this incident is asked to either contact the police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.