The family of a Bristol man who was stabbed to death in a quiet Wiltshire village last week have paid tribute to an “outgoing and funny person” who was “always there for people”.

Raymond Jr Groves, 48, suffered fatal stab wounds after the attack at a property in Strawberry Fields, in Easterton, near Devizes, last Tuesday, July 2. Police were called to the property shortly after 8pm. Mr Groves, from Hartcliffe, Bristol, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Now, his family have shared the following tribute: “In loving memory of Raymond Jr Groves, also known as Boo. Raymond Jr was an outgoing and funny person. Always there for people when they needed a chat. His family and friends will miss him dearly.”


It comes after Helen Shakespeare, 53, appeared before magistrates on Saturday, July 6, charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and was then remanded in custody. She is understood to be an ex-partner of Mr Groves.

On Monday, July 8, two more people were charged with conspiracy to commit the murder of Mr Groves: Anthony Hodges-Hillier, 33, and Letishia Goodwin, 29. Hodges-Hillier, of Royal Wooton Bassett, has also been charged with murder.

Detective Inspector Deb Hatch, of Wiltshire Police, said at the time of the incident: “I’d like to send my condolences to the family and friends of the man involved. Our investigation remains ongoing.”