Sunderland pub pays tribute to staff member Samuel Campbell after alleged Silksworth murder
Staff at Gatsby in Sunderland have paid tribute 24-year-old team member Sam Campbell after he died during the early hours on Friday, June 18.
Upon arrival, paramedics and police found 24-year-old Sam Campbell with injuries consistent with a stabbing and despite efforts to save his life, he tragically died at the scene – prompting officers to launch a murder investigation.
Sam worked as a bar staff member at Gatsby on Derwent Street in Sunderland city centre – with his employer paying tribute to the “exemplary member of the team” in a social media post following his death.
The Facebook post said: “It is with sincere regret we inform you that one of our own is no longer with us.
“Sam was taken from us in the early hours of Friday morning.
"We are all laden with grief that Sam won’t be behind the bar to bring us the laughter and happiness he so often did.
"Big Sam and his 6ft 6” stature was always the biggest presence in the room. He cared deeply for his friends and colleagues.
"He possessed many admirable qualities that made him an exemplary member of the team and above all a fierce friend. We will miss this unreserved gentleman so much.
"We love you so much and are bereft of words to describe the tragedy that has befallen you, your family and friends. Our thoughts rest solely with you at this time.
“Til we meet again big man, rest in paradise. Love always Gatsby x.”
It is understood that specialist officers from Northumbria Police are continuing to work with and support Sam’s family at this difficult time.