TRIBUTES have flooded in for "kind and loving" 24-year-old man stabbed to death near Reading this morning.
Police were scrambled to Caversham just before 1am today where they discovered the Yannick Cupido had been knifed in the chest.
Tragically he couldn't be saved and was declared dead at the scene.
A murder investigation has now been launched with the knifeman still on the loose.
Police say the victim's next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
Tributes have now been paid to basketball-loving Yannick.
A close pal said: "Everyone in the area knew and loved him. He loved making everyone laugh and he would always make sure that everyone was fine.
"He was more of a brother than a friend to everyone around here.
"He was a kind and loving young man and who was the life and soul of everything. We all grew up together and now they have to get justice for him."
Police were earlier seen raiding a home near to the murder scene as they hunt for the suspect.
They are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage or CCTV from the area around Managua Close, Nire Road or Ian Mikado Way at the time to get in touch.
Anyone who heard or saw anything between 11pm and 1am is also being urged to get in touch.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Nicola Douglas, of Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the man who has sadly lost his life.
“We are in the very early stages of this investigation and we will be working quickly and thoroughly in the community to find those responsible.
“There will be a cordon in place and additional officers in the area and we will be starting house-to-house enquiries as part of this investigation.
"I can assure the community, we will be doing everything we can to find out exactly what has led to the death of the victim."
Anyone with information should call police on 101 using the reference 43210062322 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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