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Dad-of-three, 47, beaten to death by a gang of youths on his doorstep as daughter pays heartbreaking tribute

A DAD-OF-THREE was beaten to death by a gang of youths on his doorstep this morning.

The 47-year-old’s daughter today paid a heartbreaking tribute to Glenn Smith.

He was assaulted by the group at his home in the Armley area west of Leeds before they ran off leaving him to die.

His daughter Robyn-Jade Rhodes, 25, said: “He was attacked by a group of men on his doorstep.

“I just want to say that I love him and will miss him more than anything. I’ll do him proud.”

Police have cordoned off Whingate Avenue as they investigate the suspected murder.

Mr Smith had one grandchild and lived alone.

Police were called to Mr Smith’s address around 4.10am by paramedics treating him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Our inquiries are at a very early stage and we are very keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the group of youths involved in the area or who has any information that could assist the investigation.”

Crime Scene Investigators are continuing forensic examinations and searches of the area within the cordon.

A female resident has described hearing “screaming” in the street and “boys or teenagers running away”.

She added: “We’re in shock to be honest.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting crime reference 13200418973 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat.

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