23 August 2021

Tributes paid to ‘irreplaceable’ man who died after being stabbed in Birmingham

23 August 2021

Tributes have been paid to an “irreplaceable” man who was stabbed to death in Birmingham city centre.

Jason Bentley-Morrison, 25, collapsed after suffering a knife wound when a fight broke out in Digbeth on Monday, West Midlands Police said.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Oxford Street at 2.45am and Mr Bentley-Morrison was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

A post-mortem examination has revealed he died as a result of a stab wound to his abdomen.

In a statement published on Tuesday, his family said Mr Bentley-Morrison had a “heart as big as an ocean” and would go out of his way to help others.

They added: “To know Jason was to love him. Jason’s positive and passionate outlook on life was inspiring and infectious to everyone he encountered.

“His warmth and compassion extended far beyond the ties of family and if you were to ask anyone ‘Who’s Jason?’ they would share the funniest and heart-warming stories of his reach and impact on their lives.

“He was the stranger in the street who offered to help you carry your shopping home. He was the friend that rescheduled his work day to drive you to the doctor and make sure everything was ok. He was the young entrepreneur who taught financial literacy and investing in property to those struggling to see a path forward and so much more.

“Jason had a heart as big as the ocean and always put others before himself. Never has a man with so little time on this earth affected so many hearts and minds as profoundly as him.

To know Jason was to love him. Jason's positive and passionate outlook on life was inspiring and infectious to everyone he encountered.

“Irreplaceable and forever missed. Our Jason, always.”

Detectives are following a number of lines of inquiry and the force said it visited an address on Esher Road, Kingstanding, as part of their investigation.

A spokesperson from West Midlands Police said: “We remain keen to speak to those who were in the area and were filming what happened on their mobile phone. Similarly we’re asking taxi drivers, or other motorists, who were in the location to check dash-cam footage to see if they have recorded the disorder or the offender making off.”

Anyone with any information should call 101 quoting log 424 from August 22.

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