TRIBUTES have been paid to a "sweet, loving and strong-willed" Southampton man at the centre of a murder investigation.

Luciano Dos Santos died on Wednesday, March 6, following an incident in a street in Oxford.

Mr Dos Santos was hit by a car and stabbed on Wednesday, February 27, while on Southfield Road.

He was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington following the attack, but did not survive his injuries.

Mr Dos Santos' family have since paid tribute to the 22-year-old, who has been described as "kind-hearted and cheeky".

His mother, Carla Dos Santos, said: “Twenty two years ago the Lord blessed with the most beautiful gift I could ever have wished for, my beautiful baby boy, my first love Luciano was born.

“Luciano was a sweet, loving and strong-willed young man there was no other like him.

"He loved spending time with his brother and sister and most of all his precious daughter which he loved with all his heart.

"Luciano was adored by many, those who know him, know how kind-hearted he was, he was cheeky, loved helping others and always had a smile on his face.

“Luciano was courageous he loved life and his main goal was to see his family happy.

She added: "This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, words can’t describe the feeling of losing a child and I don’t think time will ever heal this wound.”

Four men have been charged on suspicion with murder in connection with the incident.

Michael Yemane, aged 20, of South Bridge Row, Oxford, Welid Solomon, aged 25, of Field Avenue, Oxford, Sasan Mohammed Khalid, aged 19, of no fixed abode and Safeen Abdullah Karimi, aged 27, of Hode Garth, Thame, have all been arrested on suspicion of murder.

All four appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court shortly after 10am on Saturday were remanded in custody werre due to appear at Oxford Crown Court.