Police have today launched a murder investigation after a father in his early 20s was found stabbed to death in his home following an apparent argument over a debt.
The young father, who has been named locally as Dave Molloy, lived at the three-storey terraced home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
He was attacked in the early hours of this morning and police and ambulance crews were called to the home at 2.21am.
Neighbours said he lived at the house with his girlfriend and a young baby and worked as a labourer.
They added said that several other people also lived at the property.
At the nearby shops, one person said: 'I heard it was to do with an argument over a debt and that a group of people arrived at the house early this morning, where they heard raised voices arguing.'
Another neighbour said: 'There are a lot of comings and goings at the house and they have a lot of parties.'
Police and forensics are at the property and the area remains cordoned off.
Online tributes flooded with his heartbroken close friends posting messages on Facebook.
Sharon Rachel Drake said: 'Rest in peace David, really can't believe this I'm in total shock.
'I will always remember the laughs thinking of ur family and lil harmony at this heartbreaking time.
Close friend Danny Jeeves wrote: 'Another sound bloke taken off this earth too soon R.I.P bro.'
Nicola Gibson added: 'RIP David, life is so cruel xx'
Hertfordshire police said: 'Police were called at 2.21am today to Saturn Way following reports of a stabbing.
'The victim, a man, was treated by paramedics, but was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
'Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit have now launched a murder investigation. They are currently working to establish the circumstances around the incident.
'A scene guard is in place in Saturn Way and enquiries are continuing to identify those responsible.
'The victim's family are currently being supported by specialist officers from the Major Crime Unit.
'Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101 quoting IR 25 of March 13.'