Cody Fisher stabbed to death on Birmingham nightclub dance floor, possibly due to a poor search
A 23-year-old man stabbed to death on the dance floor of a Birmingham nightclub has been described as a "best friend" by his family.
Cody Fisher, a non-league footballer and school sport coach, was fatally injured at The Crane nightclub, just before 23:45 GMT on 26 December.
Despite efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later, West Midlands Police said.
His family said: "They have broken our hearts; I have lost my best friend."
Police believe Mr Fisher was approached by a group before being stabbed and are urging anyone in the club to get in touch. "We know there were hundreds of people in the nightclub at the time," added Det Insp Thurgood. "While we've spoken to a number of them already, we still need to hear from anyone who was there and who witnessed or even filmed what happened." One clubber told the PA news agency there were "groups of lads" who were "looking to cause trouble".
Another attendee from Wolverhampton said the event was a "disaster waiting to happen".
"Me and the friend I was with, not once did we get asked to clear our pockets out even though mine were full. I had cargo trousers on with pockets full," he said.
"They didn't even touch me whilst searching me, they just followed the outline of my body with their hands then tapped me to say go on through.
"Obviously you want everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves [but] when we got in I said to my friend: 'That's the worst search I've ever seen'. Anyone could have brought anything in."
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