19-year-old Zac Evans was hacked to death with a machete outside a pub in Gloucester early Saturday morning in an attack that left another two men with serious injuries.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and suspicions are that Zac may have been beheaded by an Islamic extremist.
This attack bares obvious similarities to the attack in Finland recently by a Somali immigrant who attacked three men outside a pub with a machete.
Police said the murder weapon, which has yet to be traced, is thought to have a blade of at least 2ft in length.
In a Facebook tribute, Sylv Evans said her son was a "wonderful son, brother, grandson, boyfriend and friend".
She added: "Rest in peace Zac. Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are. You will be greatly missed."
A 22-year-old man was left with serious injuries after the attack, and is now in a stable condition following surgery at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
A third man, aged 18, sustained minor injuries in the fight, which unfolded on Windsor Drive in Tuffley.
"During the investigations that followed a local man was arrested on suspicion of murder", Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter said.
"We are also keen to trace what we believe to be the weapon in this attack, which is a large machete-type weapon with a large blade at least 24 inches long.
"If anybody knows the location of that weapon, or where it could be discarded, we would ask them to come forward."
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