Sister’s tribute to ‘beautiful, hilarious’ man stabbed to death outside British Legion

Sister’s tribute to ‘beautiful, hilarious’ man stabbed to death outside British Legion

Heartbroken friends and family have paid tribute to a 23-year-old man stabbed to death outside a Royal British Legion on Friday.

A boy aged 14 is one of four suspects arrested on suspicion of murdering Max Maguire in Lymington, Hampshire, after a row broke out close to midnight.

Two others, a man and a woman both aged 23, were also taken to hospital with knife injuries.

The woman, who was later discharged from hospital, posted on Facebook: “Unfortunately life is so so cruel.

“One of my life long best friends won’t be coming home to his family while another is still having care in hospital.

“I was very lucky my injuries weren’t worse. I’m home and I’m so so grateful I can be here.”

Max’s sister Blaise wrote: “My beautiful hilarious kind hearted brother has been stolen from me. Life will never be the same.

“I will miss you every day and love you forever.”

Four suspects have been arrested on suspicion of murder
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Police arrested a 14 year old boy, and three men aged 18, 20 and 29 on suspicion of murder following the attacks in the seaside town.

Residents of Lymington and traders at its market spoke of their shock at the stabbing in what is usually a sleepy town.

A Hampshire constabulary spokesman said: “We were called at 11.55pm on Friday October 22 to reports of an assault outside The Royal British Legion on High Street, Lymington, following a verbal dispute.

“On arrival, officers found three people – two men and a woman – with stab wounds.

“Sadly, a 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Police were called to the scene shortly before midnight on Friday

“Another 23-year-old man sustained serious injuries, and is currently being treated at Southampton General Hospital.

“A 23-year-old woman received superficial wounds to her chest and is currently being treated at Southampton General Hospital. Her injuries are not life-threatening.

“As part of our enquiries we have arrested four people on suspicion of murder.

“They are a 29-year-old man from Lymington, a 20-year-old man from Lymington, an 18-year-old man from Lymington and a 14-year-old boy from Lymington.

“They remain in custody at this time.”

DCI Dave Storey, who is leading the murder investigation, appealed for witnesses and said: “This is a serious incident, and our thoughts remain with the family of the young man who was killed.

“We believe this incident occurred following a verbal dispute at The Royal British Legion, and we have arrested four people as part of our enquiries.

“Officers remain on scene and there will be increased patrols in the area. If you have any concerns, or any information about this incident, please do not hesitate to approach officers.”