Murder victim’s family grateful for support

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Relatives of a Sri Lankan man stabbed to death in Sheffield have travelled to the city to speak to police.

Pizza delivery driver Thavisha Peiris, aged 25, was delivering his final order on his last shift when he was murdered.

Thavisha, from Fir Vale, was working for Domino’s Pizza when he was attacked after pulling up on Southey Crescent, Southey, on Sunday, October 27.

The Sheffield Hallam University graduate had handed in his notice after securing a job in Sheffield and had agreed to make one final delivery before heading home.

However, the order was never delivered and worried workmates who drove to Southey to look for him discovered him slumped at the wheel of his silver Toyota Yaris.

His family said: “We would like to thank many people who have stood by us in this difficult time. Our family and friends thank you for your love and concern.

“We would like to thank the police for their efforts, the British High Commission in Sri Lanka for taking a personal interest in the matter and Domino’s for the support extended to us.

“We hope no other family goes through what we are facing right now.”

Pramod Chetheka Peiris, Thavisha’s brother, said: “My brother was a wonderful person with a lot of love for life. He was not just my brother, he was my friend.

“Words can not express our suffering and nothing can bring my brother back.”

Shamraze Khan, 25, of Southey Crescent, and a 17-year-old boy have been remanded in custody charged with murder to appear at Sheffield Crown Court next year.

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