Family of clubber, 25, stabbed to death on night out pay tribute to ‘inspirational’ man

Jason Bentley-Morrison, 25, died shortly after being stabbed in the abdomen after trouble flared as a night out in Birmingham drew to a close early on Sunday

The family of a clubber who was stabbed to death following a night out have paid tribute to an “inspirational” young man with a “heart as big as an ocean who would always put others before himself.”

Jason Bentley-Morrison, 25, died shortly after being stabbed in the abdomen after trouble flared as a night out in Birmingham drew to a close.

He was attacked after trouble flared on Oxford Street in the trendy Digbeth area at 2.45am on Sunday.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and took the victim to hospital but he could not be saved and died later that same morning.

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

Devastated relatives have now paid tribute to Jason as police continued a manhunt for his killer.

They said in a heartbreaking statement: “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.

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

Jason was stabbed after leaving a nightclub when a confrontation took place with another man in the street.

Police have since searched an address in Kingstanding, Birmingham, but so far no arrests have been made.

Police have urged those who recorded the altercation on their phones to come forward.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “We’re following a number of lines of enquiry as we seek to identify and track down his killer.

“An address on Esher Road, Kingstanding has been visited as part of our enquiries.

“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.”

Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse said previously: “We understand the man had left a club shortly before he got involved in a confrontation with another man in the street.

“Our early inquiries show there were lots of people in the area and many were filming what happened on their phones.

“I need those people to get in touch as clearly they may have caught the offender on camera.”