Family tribute to “much-loved” twin brother and son who died after Aberdeen flat disturbance

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The family of a man who died following an alleged disturbance at an Aberdeen flat has been described as a “much-loved” twin brother and “cherished” son.

Police were called to a property on King Street at around 10.10pm on Sunday January 15.

Aleksejus Zarskus was taken by ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries but died four days later.

Yesterday the 42-year-old’s family said: “Aleksejus was a much loved twin brother and uncle to his family in Aberdeen and a cherished son and family member to his relatives in Lithuania.

“He was hard working and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

“We now request that our privacy is respected at this difficult time.”

Two men aged 30 and 32 were detained at the scene and subsequently arrested and charged over the alleged incident.

They appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Tuesday and a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

The flats where the incident took place are close to the BP petrol station, and King Street’s junction with Seaton Place.

Detective Inspector Gary Winter, from Police Scotland’s major investigation team, is leading the inquiry into Mr Zarskus’ death.

He has asked anyone who had information, or knew Mr Zarskus, to contact the police.

He said: “This was an isolated and contained incident and at no point was there any threat to any other members of the public.”

At the time, Martin Greig, chairman of the Aberdeen Community Safety Partnership Martin Greig: “The loss of a life is always a great sadness.

“My sympathies are with family and friends.

“An incident like this can impact on the wider community.

“It is deeply distressing for this to happen.

“We are fortunate that we live in a city that is largely peaceful and harmonious.

“We benefit from a strong and community oriented police service.”

Area councillor Jim Noble also described the incident as “very sad” but said it was also unusual in Aberdeen.