A father-of-two who died after being attacked while out with his girlfriend has been described as "compassionate” and “devoted".
Danny Humble, 35, was found with head injuries following the attack in Cramlington, Northumberland, on Saturday.
He was rushed to hospital but died the following day.
A murder probe has been launched and six boys aged between 16 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of murder – but they have been released under investigation.
Mr Humble's family paid a heartfelt tribute on Wednesday and said that they were "lost without him".
His mother Deb Humble said: “Danny was a devoted dad. He was a welder by trade and took great pride in his work but his first priority and most important job was always being a father.
“He was a family man and very close to his two brothers, the Humble brothers – the ‘Three Musketeers’ as they were known to us.
“He was also a great son, someone to be proud of, and a very loving boyfriend.
“Though he loved Cramlington, he was born in Newcastle and was a Geordie lad through and through; meaning another great love of his life was, of course, Newcastle United.
She added: “We are lost without him – we are broken.
Mrs Humble appealed for anyone with information on what happened that night to contact police.
Detective Inspector Joanne Brooks, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a tragic incident that has sadly resulted in the death of a much-loved father, family man and friend.
“Our thoughts go out to Danny’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time and they will continue to be supported by a team of specialist officers.
“The family have requested that their privacy is respected and we urge everyone to allow them space to grieve.”
Det Insp Brooks added: “We know this incident has shocked the community of Cramlington.
“As our investigation continues, there will be extra patrols in the area and I would urge anyone with concerns to speak to an officer.
“We are absolutely committed to finding out the circumstances that led to Danny’s death, and I’d like to thank members of the public who have already been in touch passing on information that could assist detectives with this investigation."
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