A Derby student’s heartbroken family has paid a loving tribute to him after his killer was jailed.
Arjun Singh’s family said that the 20-year-old was a “beautiful boy with the most beautiful soul”.
Arjun, of Heatherton, was killed after he was assaulted on a night out in Nottingham on January 18.
Just before 4am he fell and hit his head after he was punched in the city centre.
The young man died in hospital the next day.
Mathiwos Tekle, 21, of Ryeland Gardens, The Meadows, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sent to jail for seven years.
Arjuns’ family described how their son and brother was looking forward to completing his studies, starting a new job and starting a family before his life was cut short, according to Nottinghamshire Live.
In a statement following the sentencing, Arjun’s grieving family said: “On that horrific night the police knocked on the door to our family home in the early hours and explained to us that Arjun had sustained horrific injuries and we needed to go to the hospital immediately.
“When we arrived at the hospital we were taken into a side room where a consultant explained that Arjun was brain deceased and had zero chance of recovery. We saw Arjun in a hospital bed.
“We felt helpless, we couldn’t speak to him, Arjun couldn’t speak to us, there were no last words from him, no smile, no laughter and no opportunity for us to tell him that we loved him.
“Arjun was the most beautiful boy with the most beautiful soul. He was kind, funny and loved everyone wholeheartedly.
“He was a younger brother to a big sister and a big brother to two younger brothers.
“He was best friend to so many. Arjun was excited about finishing university, starting a new job, getting his first car, buying his first house, getting married and having children.
“Arjun would have had so many firsts to come; now we as a family have so many firsts to see without him, Mothers and Fathers days, birthdays and Christmases.”
A vigil was held outside the Slug and Lettuce, in Long Row, on Wednesday, January 22, where hundreds of people paid tribute to Arjun.
Friends, family, students and members of the Sikh community were among those who had paid their respects.
Detective Inspector Richard Monk, of Nottinghamshire Police, who led the investigation into Arjun’s death, said: “This was a tragic loss of life and is an example of the devastating impact one punch can have.
“Arjun had his whole life ahead of him and for it to be cut short in this way is truly awful.
“While Tekle was quick to hand himself in to the authorities, a lot of investigative work went in to establishing what happened to Arjun that evening and I welcome today’s (July 17) sentence.”