West Mercia Police have now officially named the man who died after being stabbed at his home in Maple Road, Rubery on Friday 25th of March as Jonathan Crow, aged 41.
His family have released a statement paying tribute to Jonathon, saying “Jonathan was a much loved son and brother who will be greatly missed by all of his family. It is difficult for the family to comprehend why anyone would want to bring Jonathan’s life to an end in such a horrific way and it will take a lifetime to come to terms with Jonathan’s tragic death.
“Jonathan was always very popular and had many friends both locally and in Spain where his mother now lives. We have been touched by the many condolences we have already received.”
The family have asked that everyone respect their privacy at this time whilst they come to terms with their loss.
There has been a stunned reaction to his death from the local community, where Jonny was well known and well liked.
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.
Gary Martin Dienn, aged 25, of Bromford Drive, Birmingham, has been charged with murder and was remanded in custody by Redditch magistrates on Monday, custody to appear at Worcester crown court tomorrow, Thursday 31 March.
We understand that a second man arrested shortly after the incident has been released with no charge.
Read more local reaction to Jonny’s death:
Community shocked by Rubery murder (B<31)
Rubery stabbing victim revealed as Birmingham City fan Jonathon Crow (Birmingham Mail)
Neighbours pay tribute to man stabbed to death in Rubery (Birmingham Mail)
Balloon release for Rubery murder victim (Bromsgrove Standard)