Murder victim was a gentle man, say his family

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MURDER victim Tom Rogers has been described as a “gentle man without an enemy in the world” by his family, who paid tribute over the weekend.

On Saturday, Wiltshire Police identified Aulton “Tom” Rogers as the 60-year-old man from Walcot stabbed to death in an underpass known as “muggers alley” on Thursday night.

Police believe Tom had finished his day’s work at the Woodlands Edge pub in Midwinter Close, Peatmoor, shortly before 10.30pm and made his way home by bicycle.

He lived alone in Walcot. His family was informed and have been given support by specialist family liaison officers.

Roy Rogers, Tom’s brother, posted on Facebook in tribute. He said: “R.I.P to my brother Tom. While we live in Australia, we were visiting Tom only last week while on hols in the UK. How can any person stab to death such a gentle man.”

Tom’s nephew, Paul Rogers, also posted on Facebook: “RIP Uncle Tom. We will miss you. Such a gentle, loving man, without an enemy in the world.”

Stacey Rogers, Tom's niece, said: “Rest peacefully, Uncle Tom. I love you. It makes me sick to think someone could do this, especially to a loving, kind, selfless man like you. Goodbye xxxxxxx.

“And thank you, everyone, for your kind words. Even if the murderer is caught and sentenced to life, it will not bring back my Uncle Tom.

“We will always feel the pain in our hearts."

Dawn Rogers, Tom's sister, posted: “Tom, five minutes ago we walked together up [to] our Swindon Town.

"We rode the bus together, reminisced. You have stood [with] many goodbyes at bus stations, train stations, airports, saying goodbye with silent tears.

“This is what makes us feel sad in such places. So glad I had that feeling to go back one more time, grab your face and kiss it, and shout, I love you brother.”

A spokeswoman for the Woodlands Edge pub said: “We are in shock at the tragic loss of our colleague and friend and our thoughts at this difficult time are with his loved ones.”

Meanwhile, police continue to appeal for information from the public on both Tom and the circumstances surrounding his death on Thursday night.

He is described as white, approximately 5ft 9ins and of very slim build with grey hair. He was wearing black trousers, a black polo shirt and a khaki hoodie. He had black trainers and was carrying a dark blue bag when he was stabbed in the underpass between Station Road and Hawksworth Industrial Estate.

The post mortem examination confirmed that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr Rogers.

“Mr Rogers was not known to police and there is no apparent motive for the attack.

“We continue to work tirelessly on the case to identify those responsible and would ask anyone who knew Mr Rogers to contact us. This will help us to build a bigger picture of his lifestyle.

"I would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw Mr Rogers on Thursday night.”"

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

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