The mother of a former Lancaster barman who died in a violent attack has paid tribute to her “beautiful young man”.
A murder probe has been launched after Luke Hollingsworth, 23, formerly of Torrisholme Road, Torrisholme, was found dead in a house in Carlisle.
The chef, who worked at Wetherspoon’s pubs The Green Ayre in Lancaster and The Eric Bartholomew in Morecambe during a two year period, was found by police who stormed the house on Etterby Lea Road on Wednesday, July 10 at 5.11pm.
His mother Jill Hollingsworth said: “As a family, we are absolutely devastated at the loss of Luke.
“He was a beautiful young man to his dad and I and a good brother, grandson, nephew and cousin to his whole family.
“He has been a rock to me over some very hard times and was a warm, loving, friendly boy, who was always ready with a helping hand and a cheeky grin.
“He was a very popular boy who was never short of friends and made them wherever he went, whether it be working with me in the pubs or doing his one love, skiing.
“He will be missed by so many people who all loved him deeply. We would ask that as a family we are left to grieve him passing with dignity and respect.
“Goodnight, God bless my Chav Lad, I am sure Pops and you will be watching us with interest.”
Police have not released any details about how Luke died, but described the incident as “particularly violent.”
Initial reports described the incident as related to firearms or a possible stabbing.
A man found inside the property with serious injuries has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police are appealing for anyone with information,and particularly anyone who saw a red car in the area or a woman climbing into the property, to call 101 and ask for detectives at Carlisle CID.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.