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Murder victim was a "a loving and gentle family man", say daughters
2:26pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
THE family of a murdered man found in a country lane say they are in a living nightmare.
Detectives from two police forces are investigating the death of John Anthony Hall,46, of Shiney Row, near Sunderland.
They said he suffered a “vicious, violent attack’’ but have not given details of his multiple injuries.
Mr Hall, known as Jonty, was found in Mark’s Lane, West Rainton, by a dog walker at 7pm on Sunday, September 15.
It is thought police think he may have been killed in Shiney Row and his body dumped across the county border.
Northumbria Police, who took over leadership of the enquiry from Durham, today (Friday, September 20) issued a statement from his family.
Daughters Bethany and Shelby said: "This is a living nightmare for us, it is the hardest and most heartbreaking thing that we will ever have to deal with.
“He was our dad, he brought us up and made us into who we are today.
"Death is such a terrible thing but murder is something that we will never be able to accept or come to terms with.
“Inside, our dad was a gentle man and would do anything for anyone. No-one, and certainly not our dad, deserved this.
"He was a loving son, brother, dad, grandad and uncle, and a true friend to many. We know that he will be looking down on us and one day we will all be together again.
“Until then we will keep you in our hearts. Love you forever dad."
The family asked to be left alone to grieve.
Meanwhile, three men arrested on suspicion of murder have been freed on police bail pending further enquiries but two others are still being held.
Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, of Northumbria Police, who is leading the enquiry, said: "We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.
"In particular, we are keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard suspicious activity in the area where Mr Hall's body was found at Mark's Lane, near to the railway bridge, on Sunday evening.
"And at the area of Mill Terrace, including the rear lane, we are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything unusual or suspicious between Saturday evening and Tuesday evening.”
People can call Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
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