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‘Heaven has gained an amazing man’: tributes paid to dad, 26, stabbed to death at pub on Boxing Day

Coley Byrne was stabbed to death at a pub on Boxing Day

Tributes have been paid to a 26-year-old dad who was allegedly stabbed to death at a pub on Boxing Day.

Friends of the man, named locally as Coley Byrne, have spoken of their disbelief and heartbreak.

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Police said the incident took place at the Gypsy Queen pub in Sheffield on Boxing Day (26 December) at around 10pm.

Locals said they heard sounds of screaming and glass breaking in the car park shortly before officers arrived.

One local said: “It was sirens galore, just police car after police car arriving.”

"It sounded like a right scuffle in the car park. There was a lot of screaming and I heard a lot of glass breaking and crashing.”

Friends of the man, named locally as Coley Byrne, have spoken of their disbelief and heartbreak (Photo: Ollie Bradbury/SWNS)

Over a dozen police squad cars then went to the pub, which is located on Drake House Lane, in Beighton, Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed a man died after being rushed to hospital with stab wounds and detectives from South Yorkshire Police have appealed for witnesses with information.

DCI Mick Hakin, the officer leading the investigation, said: "We are looking to speak to anyone who may have been in the Gypsy Queen at the time and who may have seen anything that can help us determine exactly what happened which led to the death of a young man."

Tributes paid

Friends of Mr Coley took to social media to pay tribute.

One friend wrote: “Waking up this morning to find out you have passed has devastated me.

“One of the realists [sic] men I have had the pleasure of calling my friend always smiling always chilling and was always good to see your face.

“Heaven has gained an amazing man it’s just breaking that your time wasn’t done on earth you was taken too soon my brother.

Another friend added: “Since we was kids u always been by my side.

“You did anything for me I just want it to be over this bad nightmare we’re in.

“I will forever miss you and I will never ever forget u.

"I don’t ever think I’m going to come to terms with what I have seen and what has happened tonight.

The same friend later added: “I’m sorry we couldn’t save u we did everything we could.

"I am never going to get it out my head I just feel so sorry I wish we could have done more.”

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