Family pay tribute to man identified as victim of Chelmsford fatal stabbing

47-year-old murder victim Lee Evans

Lee Evans was taken to hospital but later pronounced dead

Police have formally identified a man who died after being found injured in Cromar Way, Chelmsford, on Friday, June 22.

Lee Evans, 47, of Chelmsford, was found injured at around 1am. Just after 2am, having been taken to hospital, he was sadly pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and established that Mr Evans suffered multiple stab wounds and cause of death was a stab wound to the chest.

Mr Evans’ family are being supported by police officers.

Four people, three men, aged 40, 53, and 59, and a 53-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Lee but have been released from custody and will face no further action based on the evidence currently available.

The 53-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs, for which he has been released under investigation.

The murder investigation led by DCI Martin Pasmore of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate continues with enquiries ongoing.

DCI Pasmore said: “We are satisfied at this stage that the four people arrested in connection with our enquiries are not connected with the events which led to the victim’s death.

“Relevant lines of enquiry are being progressed expeditiously in order to find those responsible.

“We would like to extend our thanks to all the members of the public who we have spoken to so far.”

The police cordon near to Meteor Way, which is close to Essex County Cricket Club, remained closed throughout last weekend.

Chief Inspector Gerry Parker, District Commander for Chelmsford and Maldon, said:
“We have been carrying on with our high visibility patrols and I continue to encourage everyone to go about their weekends as normal.

“We do advise people that if you do see something which concerns you, please tell an officer or call us on 101.”

The police authorised stop and search powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 for Chelmsford between 7.15pm on Friday June 22 evening to 4am this on Saturday June 23.

Tribute

The family of Lee Evans have paid tribute to him last Sunday.

They have released the following statement: “Lee was a kind, protective and loving person. Although he was living a lifestyle we wouldn’t have chosen, he was caring and protective of his family and friends. He idolised his son, and loved his nephews.

“Lee was very kind, not just to people in the family, but to others as well who knew he would be there to look after them. He loved being with people.

“Animals were Lee’s passion, including his dogs Roxy and Millie. He was very soft at heart.

“We will miss him more than we can ever say. He will always be in our hearts.”

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