‘Funny and loyal’ Brit, 21, stabbed to death after argument at Spanish house party
Tributes have been paid to a “funny, honest and loyal” Brit who was stabbed to death at a Spanish house party.
Ben Nesbit, 21, from Southport, Merseyside, suffered fatal knife wounds during the early hours of Thursday morning in Ciudad Quesada in the province of Alicante.
Spanish press reported that two British men got into an argument at a property in Ciudad Quesada before the fight spilled out onto the street.
During the altercation, Mr Nesbitt was fatally stabbed in the neck.
There is no suggestion he was at fault, and a manhunt is underway to find the attacker.
The incident is reported to have happened at around 3am on October 1.
Ben, who is survived by his beloved nan and sister, had told a close friend about his upcoming holiday, joking: “I’ve got a pair of shorts and £50 in my pocket and I’m going to Spain.”
Close family friend Laura Tasker, from Ainsdale, paid tribute to the much-loved young labourer.
She told the Liverpool Echo : “Ben was a big part of our life.
“He was my son’s best friend and he was always here, my daughter liked him. He stuck up for my son, they stuck up for each other and I really respect him for that. My son’s in bits.
“Him and Ben were always together, they were like brothers. They had each other’s back all the time, they understood each other.”
Laura said Ben, who died just one month before his 22nd birthday, had recently started working with her son, Danny, as a labourer and was so proud to be earning money.
She said: “I can’t even listen to music at the moment without getting upset. He had everything ahead of him.
“Ben started working with Danny last year and I was so proud of him. He said ‘things taste better when you buy them with money you’ve earned’. I was so proud. He was doing really well and we were all really made up with him.
“He was loved by so many people and he was a good lad.”
As well as being a close friend to Danny, 17, Laura said Ben looked out for her daughter too.
She said: “We’re so devastated. Danny would never have a bad word said about Ben by anybody. He’s just cut up that he’s never going to see him again.
“He would always come here for tea and he always liked the cakes I made. He spent his 21st birthday here with us, I got him a card and presents and he was so grateful, bless him.
“We loved him. He was funny, honest, loyal and a good lad.”
Laura said Ben had been looking forward to going abroad and told her son about his planned trip.
She said: “He said to Danny a couple of weeks back ‘I’ve got a pair of shorts and £50 in my pocket and I’m going to Spain’.
“We never expected it.”
Loving tributes to Ben have also appeared online.
One read: “Remembering nothing but the best funny memories of you. Gone way, way before your time. Was such a funny little character, our space raider. Fly high brother.”
Another read: “I’m absolutely devastated because I know how much of a lovely boy you actually was [sic].”
Recalling “the shy little 12 year old” they once knew, the friend added: “You didn’t deserve to die in such a horrific way.”
They added: “Rest easy matey.”
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