He was a “gentle giant” who “loved the boogie”.
More sincere tributes have been paid to the alleged murder victim, Sam Campbell, as devastated friends gather.
The 24-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after being found stabbed in Sunderland on Friday morning.
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Sam’s brother William was scheduled to appear in court today for murder.
And now, heartbroken friends of the popular boy are raising funds to help support his family.
Rachael Atkinson has set up an online fundraising page on the GoFundMe site
And so far, over £ 1,500 has been donated.
Paying homage to Sam on the site, Rachael said, “Big Sam and his 6ft 6in build has always been the biggest presence in the room.
“He cared deeply for his friends and family. Sam had many admirable qualities, he loved being the life and soul of the party.
“He always had people on tiki shots and loved a good boogie. He was such a gentle giant and was always there for anyone who needed him, even those he hadn’t seen in a while. He always gave the best hugs with those long arms.
“Sam made so many great memories with everyone and it’s such a shame he can’t do it anymore. Sam has had a huge impact on so many lives and will be a huge dud.”
Emergency services were called to Park Avenue in the Silksworth neighborhood of Sunderland shortly after 1 a.m. Friday after being alerted to reports of an assault by the ambulance service.
Sam was found seriously injured with injuries that police described as “stabbing-compatible”.
Despite attempts to save his life, he died at the scene.
Staff at the Gatsby pub on Derwent Street in Sunderland also paid tribute to him.
In a Facebook post, they said, “We’re all loaded with sorrow that Sam isn’t behind the bar to bring us the laughter and happiness that he has so often done. Big Sam and his 6ft 6in build has always been the biggest presence in the room. He cared deeply for his friends and colleagues.
“He had many admirable qualities which made him an exemplary member of the team and above all a fierce friend. This unreserved gentleman will be missed so much.
William Campbell, 25, of Allen Court, Stokesley, was charged with murder and appeared before a remand court at Newcastle Crown Court on Saturday. He was remanded in custody to appear in court again today.