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Heartbroken girlfriend of footballer killed in Birmingham pays tribute

Police name 23-year-old victim of nightclub stabbing

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The girlfriend of a footballer stabbed to death on a dancefloor in Birmingham has put out a moving tribute to him online. Cody Fisher, 23, was attacked on Boxing Day at The Crane nightclub on Adderley Street in Digbeth. Police were called to the venue just before 11.45pm. However, despite efforts to save him, Mr Fisher was pronounced dead just 30 minutes later.

Now Jess Chatwin, his girlfriend, has posted a touching tribute to the man she describes as her “whole world” online.

“My poor baby. I’m so sorry this has happened to you”, The Sun reports Ms Chatwin as posting.

“My whole world, the love of my life, my best friend has been taken away from me.”

“I don’t know how I’m going to do life without you Code. There is so much we will never get the chance to do now.”

“This doesn’t feel real. I love you forever Cody Fisher.”

Many other loved ones and colleagues have also paid tribute to the semi-professional footballer.

Mr Fisher’s family have spoken of how their hearts were broken by the incident, saying: “I have lost my best friend.”

“My family and I are asking for privacy and respectfulness at this heart-breaking time.”

Cody Fisher played as a defender for Stratford Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Bards.”

“The players are heartbroken. He was so close. And we’re a family club.” Club Chairman, Jed McCrory, told Sky News in an emotional interview.

“They all know each other. It’s going to be a hard one to take for everybody. Everyone at this club. He was so well-liked.”

“I’m just speechless. Anything we can do to help we will do. I’m just so sorry for [his family].”

The club have also issued a statement: “Everyone at Stratford Town Football is saddened to hear of the tragic loss of one of our own players, Cody Fisher.”

“Our sincere condolences go to the family and friends of Cody Fisher.”

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“Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.”

They go on to say that Mr Fisher had made 54 appearances for the club since joining in 2018.

West Midlands police have launched a murder probe into the incident and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Det Insp Michelle Thurgood, leading the police investigation into what happened, has said: “This was a young man enjoying himself with friends on a Boxing Day night out and our thoughts are with his friends and family today.”

“We know there were hundreds of people in the nightclub at the time. While we’ve spoken to a number of them already, we still need to hear from anyone who was there and who witnessed or even filmed what happened.”

“We believe that the victim was approached by a group of people, and was then stabbed, so we’re working hard to identify all of those involved.”

More police will also be patrolling the area over the coming days and no arrests have been made. 

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