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Family's shock at death of Joao Esteves in Crawley

Scene of murder Image copyright eddie mitchell
Image caption Joao Esteves was found unconscious in an alley on Sunday

The sister of a Portuguese man who was killed in Crawley has spoken of the family's shock at his "needless" death.

Joao Esteves, 45, from Lisbon, was found with serious head injuries at 03:25 GMT on Sunday between Stephenson Way and Haslett Avenue East in Crawley. He died later.

A 23-year-old man has been charged with murder.

Mr Esteves's sister Margarida said her brother had come to England to try to find work.

"My elderly mother is devastated by our loss," she said.

"He was her eldest son and lived with her and now she is alone.

"My brother was the sort of man who would go out of his way to help people."

'State of shock'

"I can't believe that this is real," Ms Esteves continued.

"People in Portugal are in a state of shock and I can't believe that he has died in this way.

"There doesn't seem to be any sense to any of this. His death was needless."

Police said the post-mortem examination indicated that Mr Esteves had been assaulted and had suffered head injuries.

Daniel Palmer, from Maunsell Park in Crawley, has been charged with murder.

Two men aged 33 and 48 and a 22-year-old woman, all from Crawley, have been released on bail until 12 March, pending further inquiries.

Officers are appealing for information.

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