I have abbreviated/edited the following Mail Online article, which contains many pictures and a full account of this tragic event.
Mail Online By Paul Bentley Dec.29, 2012
Devout Anglican, Alan Greaves, 68, was found collapsed on the pavement with multiple head injuries late on Christmas Eve. At the time, he was on his way to Midnight mass to play the church organ when he was attacked. He died in hospital from massive brain damage.
Two men have been arrested in relation to the murder of church organist Alan Greaves.
Police investigating the attack just yards from the church in High Green, Sheffield, said they have arrested a man in his 20s and a man in his 40s on suspicion of murder.
Both men are from Sheffield and are currently being held in custody.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘Officers are searching a number of properties in the area and there has been a high-visibility police presence in High Green today.’
Investigators are still appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information about the murder.
Maureen Greaves, who spent Christmas Day praying at her husband’s bedside, said she had been left devastated by the death of her husband of 40 years.
The ‘gentle and well-respected’ organist suffered brain damage and died in hospital on Thursday night.
He had been due to play the organ at Midnight Mass at St Saviour’s Church in High Green, Sheffield.
Detectives believe the attack may have been a robbery gone wrong or a case of mistaken identity. Police are yet to determine what weapon was used by his attacker.
Maureen Greaves, 63, told The Sun last night: ‘There was no motive. We are devastated.
‘It is just not what you expect, somebody to walk down the street and get murdered – and at this time of year as well, it’s just dreadful.