A man has been charged with the murder of a man found with stab wounds near Durham bus station.
Christopher Ritchie, 41, who used crutches, was found with fatal injuries in Mitchell Street at about 08:30 GMT on Thursday.
Mr Ritchie's family described him as a kind-hearted and generous man.
Jonathon Morgan, 26, of Allergate, Durham, has now appeared before magistrates and was remanded to return to Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.
Mr Ritchie's mother Jean said the hearts of the family had been "completely broken".
She added: "Christopher was kind-hearted and generous. He would never hurt anyone."