The family of a man killed in a fatal stabbing have paid tribute to a "gentle giant" who cared for his sick mother.

Lee Butler, 39, from Oxford, died following an incident in Bayswater Road on Friday. 

Today his family have paid tribute to him after he was formally identified as the victim, describing him as "well-liked" and "popular". 

In a joint statement, they said: “Lee was a much-loved son, brother and uncle, who had spent the last few years caring for his sick mother in the family home that he had known all of his life.

“Lee had many friends and was known to most as a gentle giant, who was well-liked and popular with all those who knew him.

“Lee had his struggles with drugs and depression, however, his family always supported him and Lee was seeking help through an allocated drugs worker.

They added: “His death is a complete waste of life, and we would ask for our privacy to be respected at this extremely difficult time.”