RELATIVES of a man thought to have been murdered have spoken of their shock and devastation.
The cousin of Christopher Butler described it as a ‘tragedy’ and said the 27-year-old was a ‘nice lad’.
It comes as police were last night continuing to question a 32-year-old man, who was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of murdering Mr Butler.
Investigators from the major crime team at Fratton police station launched a major operation following the death on New Year’s Day.
Mr Butler’s body was found in a shared house in Waverley Road, Southsea, at 12.35am.
Mr Butler had been living in Portsmouth in recent years, but grew up in Leigh Park, where many of his family still live.
Last night his cousin, Rob Butler, 40, of Warren Park, said: ‘I am shocked by it.
‘He was a nice enough lad.
‘He did not deserve this.’
He said Mr Butler had once worked as a roofer.
‘It’s a tragedy,’ said Rob Butler.
A friend of Mr Butler’s when he was in his early 20s has also paid tribute.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said: ‘He was a good lad, had a hard life but had a heart of gold and I feel sorry for his family.’
She added: ‘He was funny and always had a laugh.
‘He would do anything for anyone.
‘It’s hit everyone hard.’
Police were called to Waverley Road in the early hours of New Year’s Day after reports of a body.
Later that day police confirmed the death was suspicious and then launched a murder inquiry on Saturday.
Three people have so far been arrested on suspicion of murder.
On Sunday evening police arrested a 32-year-old man at around 9pm.
Last night he was still being quizzed by detectives.
A 23-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man, who were arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday, have been bailed until February 17.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting Operation Turtle.