Family of electrician stabbed to death in the street pay tribute to the ‘caring and affectionate’ 25-year-old as four men are charged with his murder and seven others are released on bail
- Alex Innes, 25, was stabbed to death on Walton Street, Oxford, on November 13
- The electrician from Kidlington, Oxford died from a fatal stab wound to the chest
- Family have paid tribute to Mr Innes who was ‘a caring and affectionate person’
The ‘devastated’ family of a man allegedly murdered in a street attack have paid tribute – saying the death will ‘leave a huge hole in all of our hearts forever’.
Alex Innes, 25, died in the early hours of November 13 following an incident in Jericho, Oxford.
The electrician suffered a fatal stab wound to the chest, an inquest heard yesterday.
Alex’s family have now paid tribute through Thames Valley Police, describing him as ‘a caring and affectionate person’.
Michael Oluyitan, 19, of Waynflete Road; McGregory Muinami, 18, of Cranham Street; Bradley Morton, 18, of Cumberlege Close, and Keyarno Allen, 18, of Furlong Close, have been charged with his murder and possession of a bladed article.
They will next appear at Oxford Crown Court on 3 February.
Two women, aged 17 and 18, and a man, 19, previously arrested for assisting an offender are on bail.
A further four men, two aged 18, one aged 21 and one aged 22, arrested on suspicion of murder, were also released on bail on 16 November.
Police previously said officers did not believe the attack was a random assault.
Alex Innes (pictured), 25, from Kidlington, Oxford, was stabbed to death in the early hours of Sunday morning on Walton Street in Oxford
Mr Innes (pictured) was described by his family as ‘caring and affectionate who always maintained his famous confident and fiercely loyal character’.
Mr Innes’ family said he loved to spend his time with his many friends and dedicated time to be with his beloved French Bulldog (pictured)
Four men have been charged with the murder of Mr Inness. Pictured: Police and forensic officers at the scene on Walton Street, Oxford
A statement said: ‘Alex will always be remembered by so many for his smile, charming manner and dry witted sense of humour.
‘For those who did not have the pleasure of knowing Alex, he was a caring and affectionate person who always maintained his famous confident and fiercely loyal character.
‘To many, Alex was a problem solver, an individual who went out of his way to help others in any way possible.’
‘Alex was brought up in Kidlington, living with his mum, dad, older sister and younger brother.
‘He always enjoyed spending time with his family in Oxford, and making the effort to visit his loved ones further away.
‘Throughout his life, Alex had a strong work ethic, completing school at Cherwell while working at our family business at the weekends with his younger brother, both going on to complete their electrical apprenticeships with us.
‘After a few years, Alex went on to work at two large electrical companies to expand his knowledge and gain further qualifications where he made lasting impressions and lifelong friends.
Tributes have poured in for Mr Innes (pictured) who was described as a ‘beautiful soul’ by his friends
A post mortem confirmed that Mr Innes had died from a fatal stab wound to the chest, an inquest heard yesterday
‘Growing up, Alex was a motivated individual who took part in community-based hobbies such as being a part of his local football team from the age of five.
‘He was also a Cub and land Scout, which as his parents, we are still involved with today.
‘As an adult, Alex loved to spend his time with his many friends, and dedicated time to be with his beloved French Bulldog.
‘We are all truly devastated to lose our son, brother, grandchild, cousin, nephew, friend and colleague.
‘Alex, there will be a huge hole in all of our hearts forever, but we will always continue to share memories of you.’
Alex, from Kidlington, was found with serious injuries at around 12:50am on Walton Street, and was declared dead a short time later.