Police appeal for fatal stabbing of footballer at Birmingham nightclub as friend says ‘I love you forever’ in tribute
Police have issued a fresh appeal for information about the alleged murder of footballer Cody Fisher as a friend paid his respects, begging him to come home.
Mr. Fisher, 23, was stabbed on the dance floor from the Crane nightclub in the Digbeth area of Birmingham just before 11.45pm on Boxing Day.
Despite efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead about half an hour later. A murder investigation has been opened.
One of his friends, Jess Chatwin, paid tribute to the footballer on Twitter, in a tweet that is no longer public.
She wrote, “You didn’t deserve any of this. I’m so sorry this happened to you baby, please come home. Love you forever Cody Fisher.”
She also wrote in her Instagram bio, “Love you forever my code.”
West Midlands Police wrote on Twitter: “Detectives have been working through the night and the investigation is continuing.
“We’re really happy with the response so far, but we’re still calling for people to get in touch who have seen/recorded what happened.”
They included a link to submit information and photos or video footage.
In the appeal, they say no one has been arrested so far.
Detective Inspector Michelle Thurgood, who is leading the investigation, said in a statement on the West Midlands Police page: ‘He was a young man enjoying himself with friends at a night out the next day Christmas and our thoughts are with his friends and family today.
“We know there were hundreds of people in the nightclub at the time. Although we have already spoken to a number of them, we still need to hear from everyone who was there and who witnessed or even filmed what happened.
“We believe the victim was approached by a group of people and then stabbed, so we are working hard to identify everyone involved.”
Mr Fisher’s family said in a statement: “They have broken our hearts; I have lost my best friend. My family and I ask for privacy and respect at this heartbreaking time.”
Mr Fisher played for Stratford Town FC, part of the Southern League Premier Division Central. He had also played for Bromsgrove Sporting.
Stratford Town chairman Jed McCrory told Sky News that ‘everyone is devastated by the news’ and described Mr Fisher as a ‘talented footballer’ and a ‘lovely, charming young man’.
One of Mr Fisher’s friends, who played with him last season at Bromsgrove, told Sky News: “He really was one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. anything for you.”
The club released a statement and described Mr Fisher’s death as a “tragic loss”, adding: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Cody’s family and friends”.
They said they were “deeply shocked and saddened” by the incident and added that the club’s New Year’s Eve event had been cancelled.
Detectives are watching CCTV from the site and are urging anyone in the area to get in touch. The club will remain closed while evidence is collected and police will remain in the area.