Grieving girlfriend of new father comforted by fact he saw "perfect son" enter the world (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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New dad was injured trying to break up pub brawl, unconfirmed reports suggest
THE girlfriend of a new father killed while out celebrating the birth of their baby son said she has been left “numb” by the loss of the “best dad ever”.
Georgina McGuire paid tribute to her partner on her Facebook page last night, just hours after 23-year-old Benji Bolsenbroek died after an incident in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.
He was out with friends and family members celebrating the birth of baby Kianey, who was not even a week old, when a fight at the Park Hotel escalated.
He is understood to have been either glassed, or hit by flying glass. He was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough but died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
His girlfriend Miss McGuire wrote last night: “I am numb, only the support of my true love Benji Bolsenbroek would get me through such a traumatic time but I am taking comfort in the fact he got to witness our perfect son enter the world.
“He was the best dad ever and had so much more to give but he lives on with all of us in Kianey.
“I’m truly overwhelmed by all of the support. Just hoping deep down I will wake soon from the worst nightmare of my entire life.
“Sleep tight handsome, until we meet again. I love you more than words could ever say and I always always will.”
There was speculation about how Mr Bolsenbroek died yesterday, with some suggesting he was trying to break up a brawl. It is understood he may have gone back to his mother’s house nearby after being injured, then taken to hospital by friends. The house, on Chelmsford Walk, was being treated as a crime scene yesterday.
A friend writing on the Middlesbrough FC supporters internet forum Fly me to the Moon said “scumbags” hit Mr Bolsenbroek several times while he was on the floor in the brawl.
He said an argument had escalated into a “full scale brawl” involving dozens of people, with chairs, tables, bottles and glasses flying.
Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, to come forward. At present the death is being treated as suspicious or unexplained, but not as a murder inquiry.
Detective Superintendent Rob Donaghy, who is leading the investigation, will give further details at a press conference at police headquarters in Ladgate Lane later today.
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