Neighbours have paid tribute to a man named locally as David Walsh who died following an attack in Hendon.
Mr Walsh died after police received reports of an attack in Canon Cockin Street on Friday night.
Six people have been arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday and are still being quizzed by detectives.
A seventh was arrested today on suspicion of murder.
School friend and neighbour Steve Carlisle said he had known Mr Walsh for years.
Paying tribute to him he said the dad of four, aged in his 40s, was a ‘nice lad’.
“He was a hard worker,” Mr Carlisle said. “David was a nice lad, a gentleman. We grew up together. He was a school friend in the year above me at Southmoor School. He had a family and a wife. I’ve known him since being 11-years-old, so around 30 years. He was a great lad. It’s so sad. I only saw him a few weeks ago. He didn’t deserve it.”
Mr Carlisle belives Mr Walsh leaves behind his childhood sweetheart wife, three sons and a daughter.
Police were called to the scene at 11.10pm on Friday, where a man was found with injuries.
Paramedics were alerted and the man was taken to hospital, but was subsequently pronounced dead.
Police have also put on extra patrols in the area to reassure residents in the wake of the tragedy.
A large section of the street and back lanes remain cordoned off today by police with three police vehicles parked up.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Police received reports of a man having been assaulted.
“Officers attended the scene on Canon Cockin Street where a man was found with injuries.
“Paramedics attended, however, the man was subsequently pronounced dead.
“Extra officers are in the area carrying out inquiries and are providing reassurance.
“Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 1173 201115, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.