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Murder victim Oliver Falivena was 'lovely family man'

Oliver Falivena, Eva and Sophie Oakes Image copyright Family Handout
Image caption Oliver Falivena was assaulted on the August bank holiday and died a week later in hospital

A mother whose son died after suffering head injuries during a night out in Derby has described him as a "lovely family man".

Oliver Falivena, from the city, was assaulted on 29 August and died a week later in hospital.

Michelle Falivena said her son's death had "affected everyone who knew him".

A 30-year-old man, also from Derby, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed while inquiries continue.

Mr Falivena was transferred to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, following an altercation in the Market Place in the early hours of the Bank Holiday Monday. He died on 6 September.

Image caption Michelle Falivena said her son's death had "affected everyone who knew him"

Mrs Falivena said: "He was a lovely family man and quite a grounded person.

"Ollie was massively close to his brothers... and the baby of the family.

"It's been a rollercoaster of events until we can put him to rest on Friday."

She added the support the family had received from the community had been amazing.

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Image caption Derbyshire Police said the attack took place on the Guildhall side of the fountain in Derby's Market Place

Mr Falivena's partner, Sophie Oakes, mother of his three-year-old daughter, said: "I love him so much and will miss him always.

"I promise to carry on making him proud and looking after our beautiful princess.

"It really has caused so much pain and heartbreak and I will always show memories to her and tell her how much of an amazing daddy he was."

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