POLICE have launched a murder inquiry at Aldershot following the death of a soldier who had returned home to celebrate his promotion.

Lance Corporal Christopher Vickers, 26, died from multiple injuries after he was struck by a BMW car in North Lane last Saturday evening.

Detectives have appealed for information from anyone who may have heard an argument outside a North Lane block of flats shortly before his death.

"It's believed that a large crowd of people gathered to watch the dispute and may have witnessed the collision," said a police spokeswoman.

Two Aldershot people were arrested on Saturday evening in connection with the murder inquiry.

A 28-year-old woman was later bailed pending further inquiries, and a 35-year-old man is still being questioned.

On Monday Mr Vickers' parents, John and Sandra, spoke of their heartbreak at the loss of a "much loved son".

They said he had died at a time when his future looked bright. He had just earned promotion with the 2nd Princess of Wales Royal Regiment.

Mr Vickers was stationed in Shropshire, and had returned to Aldershot at the weekend to celebrate his promotion with family and friends.

"His life has tragically been cut short for no apparent reason and we are devastated," said his parents, who have two younger sons, Paul and Mark.