The family of Christopher Butler have spoken of their heartache at losing ‘a sensitive soul’.
They paid an emotional tribute as police continued to question a 32-year-old man arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of murdering the 27-year-old.
Police spent yesterday examining the house in Waverley Road, Southsea, where Mr Butler’s body was found at 12.35am on New Year’s Day.
Mr Butler had moved to Portsmouth in recent years, but grew up in Leigh Park, where many of his relatives still live.
His siblings have released the following statement.
‘Chris had a good heart and was a sensitive soul, he always tried hard to please people.
‘He loved football, animals and had a very active imagination.
‘He loved to chat and could talk himself out of almost anything.
‘We miss him and his ways and are devastated that someone could take our brother’s life like this.’
The tribute added: ‘Our family would like this time to grieve and for people to please respect the loss of our brother.
‘We hope he is getting a great big hug from mum.’
As previously reported in The News, Mr Butler’s cousin, Rob Butler, from Warren Park, described his relative as a ‘nice lad’ and said what had happened was a ‘tragedy’.
Another friend, who did not want to be named, said Mr Butler had a ‘heart of gold’ who would ‘do anything for anyone’.
Police were called to Waverley Road in the early hours of New Year’s Day after reports of a body being found.
Later that day police confirmed the death was suspicious and then launched a murder inquiry on Saturday.
A Home Office post mortem was inconclusive.
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.
Portsmouth magistrates granted police an extension to detain the suspect for more interrogation.
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.