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Murder victim Simon San 'shunned violence'

image captionThe attack on Mr San was said to have been completely unprovoked

Relatives of a takeaway delivery driver who died after being attacked in Edinburgh have said he was a "shy" man who shunned violence.

Simon San, 40, was assaulted on Wednesday night by a group of youths outside the takeaway where he worked in Lochend Road.

Mr San suffered severe head injuries after apparently falling and banging his head on the ground.

Detectives are treating his death as murder.

A statement released by Lothian and Borders Police on behalf of Mr San's family said: "Simon was a shy, hard-working and non-indulgent man.

"He would often prioritize others over himself. He always believed in the passive way of life and never resorted to any sort of violence."

Mr San is thought to have been targeted at random by three youths, aged about 16 or 17, who had been part of a larger group.

Appeal for information

He got out of his Smart car and was walking towards the Yong Hua Garden takeaway when he was assaulted by a male, which resulted in him falling and banging his head on the ground.

Mr San, who was of Vietnamese origin, is understood to have been found by a barmaid from the nearby Loch Inn pub.

He was taken to the city's Royal Infirmary, where he died on Thursday morning.

The main suspect was described as being 5ft 10in tall, with short black hair, a slim face, and wearing a black fleece.

A male accomplice was said to have been about 5ft 2in tall, with short blond hair, wearing grey jogging pants and a white polo shirt.

Police have renewed their appeals for information about the incident.

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