POLICE have named the Hampden Park murder victim as 46-year-old Chris Poole.
Mr Poole, of Iden Street, Eastbourne, died on Friday evening following the assault in which he suffered serious head injuries.
His partner Penny said, “I’m devastated by the loss of a best friend and my soulmate, also the great father figure to all our children.
“You’ll always be in my heart and I love you forever.”
Mr Poole’s mother Diane said, “Chris was a great and loving son, brother to devastated Rick, lover of wild birds and animals and a friend to anyone.
“Chris attended Ratton School with Rick and was an excellent gymnast and always kept himself fit. Such a waste of a lovely young man who gave such a lot to so many and who was loved so dearly by us all.”
Mr Poole was an assistant manager at a retail store.
A 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remain in police custody this afternoon. A 13-year-old boy, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on police bail until September 3 pending further enquiries. He has been given conditional bail which includes conditions not to enter Eastbourne unless answering bail or meeting his solicitor and a curfew at an address outside of Eastbourne between 8pm and 8am.
Anyone with information regarding the incident who hasn’t yet spoken to police is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Delaware or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.