A Birmingham man beaten to death in prison had only eleven days to go before he was to be released, his devastated family have revealed.
Villa fan Adnan Rafiq, 22, from Moseley, suffered serious injuries at HMP Hewell in Redditch on January 28 and died in hospital three days later.
His family told of a "loving, warm and kind-hearted" man and said his smile could "light up a room."
The youngest of three brothers, Adnan was supposed to be returning home to his family on February 8, when his sentence ended.
In statement his family told the Birmingham Mail: "A beloved son and brother who had his whole life ahead of him, taken away in an act of brutality and selfishness.
"Life since that day has stopped for his family. The heartache, the pain will remain forever with the family, as he has been cruelly taken away from them all.
"This pain and sadness was shared by over 5,000 people who attended the funeral offering their condolences to the family left behind.
"Hundreds also turned up for the burial to show their support.
"The family would like to thank each and every one who has shared in their sadness during this extremely difficult time.
"Adnan touched the lives of many, as people came from far and near as he was described by many as a loving, warm and kind-hearted individual who always put others first.
"His smile could light up a room.
"He was extremely close to his family and this has left a hole in every one of their hearts, which can never be filled.
"He will truly be missed by his family and many more."
Adnan went to Greet Primary School and Moseley High School before training as an electrician at Birmingham City College.
He loved sports, regularly playing football and cricket, and supported Aston Villa.
Adnan leaves behind his mum, dad, three brothers, a sister and a large extended family.
Four prisoners have been charged with his murder: Jahnel Faure, 28, from West Bromwich, Jermaine Christie, 27, originally from Birmingham, Paul Coulter, 27, from Swansea and Barry Mundle 34, from Wolverhampton.