The murder of a well-known Rubery resident on Friday evening at his home in Maple Road has left locals shocked and saddened.

The victim of a stabbing, the man in his forties has not yet been formally identified by West Mercia Police, although he has been named locally.

Today, flowers lined the front lawn of his home.

I spoke to a neighbour who had known the man for “many, many years”. She described him as “The most lovable, kindest character you could wish to meet, he wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

She told me that he was “a vulnerable man” who was “well known up and down the village” and he was “always cheery and happy and would speak to everybody, shake their hands.”

When asked how the local community felt she said: “Everybody’s just devastated, they’re absolutely gutted. He’ll leave a big hole for  everybody. He was just a wonderful, kind person.”

A vigil is planned in Maple Road when there will be a minute’s silence and a balloon release. Anyone wishing to pay their respects should go to Maple Road on Friday 1st April at 7pm and bring a helium balloon. If anyone is able to donate balloons for the occasion, do let us know and we will pass on your details.

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Rubery murder leaves community stunned -Birmingham Mail

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  1. i have known john since the age of 18 i am now 42 , this is devastating to myself and everyone who knew john i also had the pleasure of working with him for many a year in the wholesale market in town & what a bloody laugh that was with john never a dull moment ! When he went through a bad patch he used to ring me up chatting for hours on a saturday night all i could do was listen , i couldnt physically reach and do enough for an old pal . This news is shocking to many and all i can say is that john will not be forgotten & its made worse for me as it happened on my 42nd birthday , god rest your soul john , love GOAT !

  2. Thanks to all those that turned up to the balloon release for John last night. My mum told me that around 200 people were there and it was very emotional. Lots of friends from Johns past and present were there. Sadly my wife and i couldnt make it, but we were thinking of John. I still cant go a few minutes of the day without a thought for the tragedy.

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