Alan Greaves, a church organist from Sheffield,was found with head injuries on the pavement near to his home on Greengate Lane at approximately 11.15pm on December 24. He died on Thursday night surrounded by his family at the city's Northern General Hospital. South Yorkshire Police have now launched a murder investigation and are appealing for witnesses to come forward. It would seem that it is likely a weapon was used and the motive for the attack is not yet known.
Canon Simon Bessant who worked closely with Mr Greaves and his wife Maureen, a church community worker, said "He was a good man and this was an evil act". Mr Greaves, a retired social worker, had been an organist and lay preacher with St Saviour's Church in High Green for nine years.
Police spokesman Det Supt Fenwick said "At 11pm on Christmas Eve, Mr Greaves left his house and walked towards the nearby church where he performs as an organist. Between his house and that location he was subjected to the brutal attack. At 11.15pm a member of the public found Mr Greaves and called the emergency services". He went on to say "He was a family man and the family are devastated about what has taken place. I would like to appeal on their behalf and on my behalf for anyone who might have witnessed any part of this incident or anyone who has information that could assist this investigation to please contact us."
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