THE VICTIM of a fatal street stabbing in East Oxford has been described as a 'loving son and father' who will be 'deeply missed.'

Luciano Dos Santos was yesterday named as the young man who died following an attack in Southfield Road on Wednesday, February 27.

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The 22-year-old, from Southampton, died in hospital on Wednesday after he was hit by a car and stabbed at about 11.20pm.

Police launched an attempted murder investigation, which became a murder investigation when Mr Dos Santos lost a seven-day battle to stay alive.

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Loved ones of Mr Dos Santos, who had a daughter, have now shared heartfelt tributes with the Oxford Mail.

A family friend, who asked not to be named, said: "Luciano was a beautiful gentle child. He was well-mannered and softly spoken.

"A loving son and father, he will be deeply missed by his younger siblings, mum, grandmother and grandad, aunties and uncles and friends.

"You will never be forgotten - we love you baby boy."

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Mr Dos Santos was rushed to the John Radcliffe Hospital after the attack but did not survive his injuries.

Yesterday Thames Valley Police revealed that four men have been charged with one count of murder in connection with his death:

- Michael Yemane, aged 20, of South Bridge Row, Oxford

- Welid Solomon, aged 25, of Field Avenue, Oxford

- Sasan Mohammed Khalid, aged 19, of no fixed abode

- Safeen Abdullah Karimi, 27, of Hode Garth, Thame.

All four appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court yesterday morning, and were remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court tomorrow.