Words & pictures by Victoria Elmore, News Waves
Rubery community joined together yesterday evening to say goodbye to local friend, Jonny Crow, who was stabbed to death last Friday.
The tragic incident occurred around 6.00pm on Friday 25th March, at the victim’s address on Maple Road.
The vigil, that was held last night outside Jonny’s flat, saw in excess of 200 friends and family pay tribute to who they could only describe as a “a genuinely kind person, who would do anything for anyone”.
The evening began with a speech from Jonny’s close friend and neighbour, Julia Holmes, who “thanked everybody for their kind letters of support and general goodwill at this awfully sad time”.
The service followed with a playlist of Jonny’s favourite songs, which included Adele’s ‘Someone like you’, a minutes silence and speeches from close friends, describing him as “the soundest bloke they’ve ever met”.
In a final farewell, balloons were released by loved ones and members of the local community, who each wrote personal messages to Johnny.
I spoke to a close friend of Jonny’s, James Hanna, who expressed his sadness and loss of a “best friend” and described him as “someone that you could always rely on”.
This evening, flowers covered the front Lawn of Johnny’s home, where his flat had been covered with posters and tributes.
It was also announced that there is to be a memorial bench, left in remembrance of Jonny, an individual that was “loved and respected within the community”.
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