Tyne & Wear

Tribute to Newcastle student after Rugby house death

Warwickshire Police has previously described James Steen's death as unexplained Image copyright Warwickshire Police
Image caption Warwickshire Police previously described James Steen's death as unexplained

The parents of a student found dead at a house in Rugby have paid tribute to their "darling son".

The body of James Steen, 23, from Northern Ireland, was found in Wood Street, at 06:00 BST on Saturday.

Police have arrested three people on suspicion of murder and described the Newcastle University student's death as "unexplained".

A statement from Mr Steen's parents said "words could not convey the pain we are currently experiencing."

'Loved life'

"James enriched our lives, and the lives of others, in so many ways," it said.

"He was a kind, caring, intelligent and very talented young man, with a generous spirit. He touched everyone he met with his positivity and his sense of humour. He loved life.

"We are devastated by James' untimely death, but we are comforted by knowing how much he was loved and admired by his family, friends and university colleagues."

The statement continued: "We are immensely proud of our son and all he achieved and the significant mark he made during his brief time on this earth."

Three men from the Rugby area, aged 31, 29 and 25, were arrested and bailed on suspicion of murder.

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