Family of murdered Hitchin man Michael Chalkley pay tribute

The family of a father of three young children stabbed to death in a street brawl have paid tribute to a loveable rogue . Relatives of Michael Chalkley, 25, also known as Young Buzzer , have described their loss after the Hitchin born labourer was fata

The family of a father of three young children stabbed to death in a street brawl have paid tribute to a "loveable rogue".

Relatives of Michael Chalkley, 25, also known as 'Young Buzzer', have described their loss after the Hitchin born labourer was fatally stabbed on Thursday night in John Barker Place near his River Mead home in Hitchin.

Michael's father, Garland-Wayne, 65, also known as Buzzer, said: "Michael was a good son. He was a loveable rogue who was well liked by the people who knew him. He liked to keep busy and enjoyed working outdoors rather than being stuck inside. At work with me, he preferred being involved with refurbishing older buildings rather than building new ones. He had a real talent for seeing the potential in a run down building."

His mother Valerie, 48, said: "Michael was a very active person who liked to keep himself busy. He was a jolly, happy-go-lucky person who would help anyone if they needed it. When he was little he would chat away to neighbours on the street and was well liked. We are so upset by what has happened to him."


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Michael's girlfriend Nicola, 29, said: "He was a fantastic Dad with a big heart and was devoted to all three of his children. He would always make a fuss of them and enjoyed making them laugh. We are so shocked by what has happened to him and we will miss him so much."

Michael also leaves his brothers Duane, 29, and Peter, 23, his children Kane, 5, Sophie, 3, and Teia, 16 months, and his best friends Clayton, Shaun and James.

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Two Hitchin men have been charged with his murder. They are due to appear at Luton Crown Court on April 27.

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