THE family of murdered Lewis Williams have paid tribute to the 20-year-old ahead of his funeral tomorrow (Thursday).
They have also urged people to stay safe while paying their respects, as government restrictions mean only the 30 people invited can attend the church service in Swinton.
Mr Williams (20) died on Wath Road in Mexborough after being shot on January 11. Six people have been charged with his murder.
His family said: “Lewis was much loved by his family, partner and friends. He was always there for anyone needing help, and always had a smile on his face.
“He was funny, loving and one of the most polite young men you could hope to meet. Lewis has left a massive hole in the hearts of all who loved him."
The statement added: “We know that Lewis was loved by many and that a number of people would like to come and pay their respects.
“We want people to say their final goodbye responsibly, for their safety and the safety of the local community.
“So we want to remind anyone attending to observe social distancing guidelines, to keep everyone safe.
“We also welcome thoughts and prayers for Lewis from those who are paying their respects from home rather than attending in person.”
Police are still appealing for information about the murder. Call 101 quoting incident 495 of January 11, visit the major incident portal or contact Crimestoppers anonymously via www.crimestoppers-uk.org or 0800 555 111.