Tragic death of Sri Lankan student in Sheffield


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DEVASTATED: His friends say that Thavisha came to the UK for a brighter future and was a hard working young man.

DEVASTATED: His friends say that Thavisha came to the UK for a brighter future and was a hard working young man.

Student Thavisha Lakindu Peiris from Sri Lanka was found dead and slumped over the wheel of his car on his final delivery round for Domino’s on Sunday October 27th.

25-year-old Peiris left to deliver a pizza at Southey Crescent, Sheffield at 21:50, and when the customer called Domino’s to say that they’d not had the delivery, his co-workers were alarmed and set off to find him.

They found him dead in the driving seat of his Toyota Yaris parked near the address where he was due to make the delivery. The doors of the car were closed. He had died of multiple stab wounds.

APPEAL: Police are appealing for information after Thavisha Lakindu Peiris was found stabbed to death at the wheel of his car in Sheffield. Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray made an appeal for witnesses.

APPEAL: Police are appealing for information after Thavisha Lakindu Peiris was found stabbed to death at the wheel of his car in Sheffield. Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray made an appeal for witnesses.

Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray said a number of people had been arrested but released without charge and that police still have no motive for the murder.

"Thavisha Lakindu Peiris was a bright, hard-working, intelligent and caring man who had worked hard to develop his career in Sheffield.

“His murder is an absolute tragedy and has caused untold grief for his mother, father and brother in Sri Lanka and for his many friends in Sri Lanka and in Sheffield," she said.

"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 murder is an absolute tragedy and has caused untold grief for his mother, father and brother in Sri Lanka and for his many friends in Sri Lanka and in Sheffield."

The manager at Mr Peiris' branch of Domino's Pizza, Ravi Marripudi, said that he regerets not letting Pieris finish early as he had said that he wasn’t feeling well that night.

He added that four of his delivery drivers had decided to leave their jobs since the stabbing.

A spokesman for the company said it was doing all it could to assist the police investigation.

"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 Sri Lankan studied IT at Sheffield Hallam University and reportedly had just accepted his dream job as an IT consultant. His friends say that he spoke to his mother every single day

A 50-strong police team is working on the murder inquiry. Thavisha's family are preparing to travel to South Yorkshire.

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