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Devastated sister pays tribute to knife victim in his 30s who died in Coventry bloodbath

THIS is the first picture of a man stabbed to death in a double knife attack in Coventry as his heartbroken sister pays tribute to 'a brother with a heart of gold'.

The victim, named locally as Mark Hoof, was pronounced dead at the scene after police rushed to his home on Waveley Road at around 11.20am on Thursday morning.

A woman was rushed to hospital with stab wounds to her neck and leg and remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder a short time after the attack.

Speaking today, Mark's sister Laura Hoof, 34, told The Sun: "He [Mark] had a heart of gold.

"We haven't been told anything by the police. We've just got to wait for the investigation to progress."

Neighbours described Mr Hoof as 'a kind man' who 'would do anything for anyone' as police remained stationed outside the terraced house where he was attacked.

One said: "Mark was a good guy - he was always up for a laugh and didn’t take life too seriously.

"He didn’t deserve what happened to him."

Another neighbour added: "I knew him - he was always a nice guy. He was out here early the other week trying get his car to start. He apologised for the noise it was making."

Neighbours said he was found collapsed in the street outside the property as police arrived.

A source told The Sun: "The stabbed woman ran out of the house into the street screaming out for help. It was a bloodbath.

"It was a horrific situation. She looked in a really bad way. Armed police were quickly on the scene and police dogs arrived as well."

Mark's sister broke down as raced to the scene of the attack saying: "Where's my brother? Where's my brother?

"I just want to cuddle him. I want my brother."

Police remain outside the property today and forensics officers have been combing the scene for clues.

Ch Supt Mike O’Hara, of Coventry Police, said: “This is an horrific incident which has resulted in the death of a man, and serious injuries to a woman.

“Our homicide detectives are working flat out to understand exactly what has happened, and the investigation is moving really quickly.

“We’ll have extra officers out on patrol in the area to offer reassurance, and I’d urge anyone with information to get in touch with us via live chat on our website.”

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