TOUCHING tributes have been paid by the heartbroken families to a West End star’s brother and his pal after they were shot dead in a “gangland-style execution” in Dudley.
Police have tonight named the two victims – William Henry, 31 – brother of Kinky Boots actor Matt, 41 – and Brian McIntosh, 29.
They were blasted in the chest in a Range Rover at Albion Works in Brierley Hill, near Dudley, West Midlands.
A post mortem revealed that both men died from gunshot wounds.
Their bodies were found in broad daylight at 3.30pm on Wednesday by a horrified member of public who had approached the car which was blocking the road.
It is thought they were killed shortly after 1pm.
The grim scene has chilling echoes of the 1995 'Essex Boys' slayings.
Police have arrested a second man on suspicion of assisting an offender.
They are still quizzing a man in his 30s who was arrested on suspicion of a double murder 130 miles away in Carnforth, Lancs.
Both devastated families have tonight paid heartfelt tributes released by police with favourite photos of their lost ones.
William’s family said: “On 30 September our lives ended because of an act of gratuitous violence.
“Will was a much-loved dad, son, brother, uncle, partner and friend. He was loving and caring and always thought of others before himself.
“He was the light of our lives, his death has left a huge void in our lives. We would like to express our thanks to the kind words and love shown from extended family and friends.”
Brian’s family paid tribute to him as “a much-loved son, a devoted partner and a doting father to his two sons.”
They added: “He was a loving brother to his three sisters and three brothers. He was loved dearly by his whole family nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles and cousins.
“There will be a big whole left in all of our hearts. As a family we are all absolutely devastated and heartbroken.”
Among tributes left at the iron gates of his family home in Woodgate, Birmingham, was a pair of Reebok boxing gloves to the iron gates with each glove bearing a message for both victims.
While one referred to sparring with Brian the other read: “To Will, RIP. Sorry you are gone. My thoughts are with you and your family.”
Another message from a mourner read: “Brian and Will, my heart is broken hearing the news of your passing. I will miss you both so much. Thank you for everything that you did for me. My heart is numb. RIP.”
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro from West Midlands Police's homicide unit said: “The death of these two young men is very sad and my thoughts are with their families and friends, who are devastated by what has happened.
“I’m aware the wider community are also shocked and saddened by the events of Wednesday and we’re doing all we can to work out what happened.
“I continue to appeal to anyone with information about what happened, or anyone who was in the area at the time and saw or heard anything suspicious, to get in touch.”
He added: “This is a fast-moving investigation, a real team effort involving officers who've worked around the clock since the discovery of the bodies to trace the person we believe is responsible.”
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