POLICE have charged a man with murdering a Leeds University student who died in hospital following an assault.
Jagdip Randhawa, 19, died in Leeds General Infirmary on October 17, five days after the assault in the city centre.
Yesterday police charged a 20-year-old from Derby with murder. He is due to appear before magistrates on Monday.
In a family statement, Londoner Mr Randhawa, known as Jagz, was praised as a talented young man.
“Jagz was an ambitious, talented young man who had his whole life ahead of him,” they said.
“His death has devastated us and things will never be the same again. He had so much potential but the tragic loss of his life has left a gaping hole in the lives of all who knew him, which will never be filled.”
His sister Rav added: “Jagz was full of life and had many aspirations for his future. He was in his university American football team and planned to travel to the US in 2012 to fulfil his dream of working with the NFL as well as doing a semester abroad. His long-term career goal was to become a writer or journalist and he was well on his way to fulfilling his dreams.
“Although tragically short, Jagz lived a generous and full life and touched those around him with his warmth, sensitivity and sense of fun.
“The tributes that have been pouring in from all those that knew Jagz are a testament to the quality of life that Jagz led and the kind regard and respect that so many people had for him.
“His death has had a terrible impact on both the university community and the local community where he lived in Hounslow.”
One of his friends, Sam, added: “I loved him like a brother. We’re heartbroken we have lost him. We are honoured that a man so incredible and so courageous counted us as his friends.”