TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a "gentle giant" who died in a fatal stabbing.

Lee Butler, 39, passed away following an incident on Bayswater Road, Barton, on Friday.

Mr Butler was a carer for his poorly mother, his family said.

Honouring Lee in the Oxford Mail's online book of condolences, family friend Sue Bartlett shared her grief at the news, describing him as a "great guy".

She wrote: "I have known Lee since he was a little lad who went to school with my son.

"He was always respectful whenever I bumped into him. He was a great guy who didn't deserve to die this way. My condolences to his family."

Paying tribute to Lee, Maria Church added: "May you rest in peace. You were taken too soon."

Last night, his family issued a joint statement, calling him a "gentle giant" who was "popular with all those who knew him".

They said: "His death is a complete waste of life."

Bouquets of flowers have been left close to the scene in honour of Mr Butler's memory.

Thames Valley Police initially cordoned off Bayswater Road and the adjacent park. The road was reopened on Sunday afternoon.