Police in South Yorkshire have launched a murder inquiry after a young Sri Lankan graduate was killed in a brutal stabbing days before he was due to start in his “dream” IT job.
Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, 25 – a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University – had been working part-time at a branch of Domino’s Pizza in Sheffield and was making his final delivery when he was stabbed multiple times on Sunday night.
He was found slumped at the wheel of his car around 10.30 pm after agreeing to make two final deliveries to “help out his boss”.
Thavisha, a Buddhist from the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, lived in the Fir Vale area of the city and had worked for the pizza shop for two years after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a software engineering degree.
Investigators say they are unable to explain the “brutal and shocking death” of the “career-minded, hard-working, bright, articulate and friendly young man” from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.
Reports say police have not found any evidence that Mr Peiris fought back against his attacker(s) whilst the money he was carrying was retrieved by police officers that discovered his body.
When he failed to deliver the order, his workmates set off to find him. He was found dead in the driver's seat of his silver Toyota Yaris.
Mr Peiris’ boss Ravi Marripidi told the Daily Mail that he felt “guilty” about asking for the extra deliveries to be made.
“He wanted to go home, but I asked him to make two last deliveries near each other. I have not been able to sleep since. Thavisha keeps coming into my dreams.”
The Sunday night delivery to the house in Southey Crescent was due to be his last before starting his new job.
Mr Peiris's family are preparing to travel to South Yorkshire, police said.
A number of people have been arrested and questioned by detectives since the murder but have now been released without charge.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS