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30 October 2013, 10:41
A 25 year old student, who was stabbed to death in Sheffield, was on his last pizza delivery before starting a career as an IT consultant
Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, who was originally from Sri Lanka, was found by work mates slumped at the wheel of his car on Sunday evening in the Southey area of the city as he was on his way to deliver a take-away.
Detectives say they cannot explain the “brutal and shocking death” of a “career-minded, hard-working, bright, articulate and friendly young man”.
He had been working at the Dominoes branch on Halifax Road in the city as he studied IT at Sheffield Hallam University.
Officers said he was delivering an order to an address in Southey Crescent which was due at around 10pm.
A 50-strong police team is now working on the murder inquiry.
Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray, who is leading the investigation, said currentl;y there's no motive for the murder.
She said: “Thavisha Lakindu Peiris was a bright, hard-working, intelligent and caring man who had worked hard to develop his career in Sheffield.
"Everything we have learned from his family, friends and workmates at Domino's suggests he was a career-minded, hard-working, bright, articulate and friendly young man who was very much planning his future. To date, we have found no explanation for his brutal and shocking death."
His family are preparing to travel to South Yorkshire.
A number of people have been arrested and questioned by detectives since the murder but have now been released without charge, a force spokesman said.
A spokesman for Sheffield Hallam University said Mr Peiris graduated in 2011.
He said: “The university is saddened to hear of the tragic death on Sunday of Thavisha Peiris, who successfully graduated in 2011 with a degree in information technology.
"We encourage anyone with information to contact South Yorkshire Police.''
A spokesman for Domino’s said: “All at Domino’s Pizza are shocked and saddened by his death and our thoughts and prayers go out to his colleagues, friends and family.
"The matter is now a murder investigation. We are helping police with their enquiries and as such we are unable to comment further.”