A heartbroken family have released a tribute to their 'beautiful boy' who died after he was stabbed in Tilehurst

Raheem Hanif's mother and father said their 'hearts are aching every minute of the day' knowing that their son will never return home.

The 26-year-old died after reports of a fight in Dulnan Close, Tilehurst, on Saturday, February 6. 

Thames Valley Police have released emotional tributes on behalf of the family. 

Reading Chronicle: Raheem Hanif, 26, of Tilehurst. Pic by Hassnain JamilRaheem Hanif, 26, of Tilehurst. Pic by Hassnain Jamil

His mum and dad said: "Our hearts are aching every minute of the day knowing that Raheem, our beautiful boy, will not return home.

"Our son had a cheeky, contagious smile and laughter, and with his beautiful soul, he would light up every room. He always took care of everyone’s needs without questions, with kindness and dedication.

"He would always put his loved ones first, we are truly proud of him. A big void has been left in our hearts and our homes.

"Our son was a pillar of our community who was always respectful and polite towards others.

"He was growing into a true and respectful gentleman.

"One of our last memories was sitting together, talking about the significance of prostration in Islam. A truly amazing and lasting memory."

Raheem’s cousins and sister said: "Our beautiful brother and cousin was honest and faithful.

"He was the life and soul of the family. We remember his smile that would bring such a sense of tranquillity.

"He was one in a million, striving to be the best Muslim he could be.

"He has returned to our creator and we sincerely hope that no pain or hardship touches him.

"We pray for strength and justice."