The girlfriend of a footballer who was killed in a Boxing Day attack has broken her silence on his tragic death.
Jess Chatwin said Cody Fisher, 23, was her "whole world" and said she "didn't know how she was going to do life without him" after he was stabbed on the dancefloor of a Birmingham nightclub on Monday night (December 26).
Jess wrote online: "My poor baby. I'm so sorry this has happened to you.
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"My whole world, the love of my life, my best friend has been taken away from me.
"I don't know how I'm going to do life without you Code. There is so much we will never get the chance to do now.
"This doesn't feel real. I love you forever Cody Fisher."
In a separate post to her Instagram story, she shared a snap of the pair out for drinks before Cody's devastating death.
"My baby's smile. How can you take him away? It was meant to be us forever."
Defender Cody, who had played for a number of football clubs – most recently Stratford Town FC – also left behind devastated family members and friends who described him as "the purest soul" and a "wonderful boy".
Boxing Day nightclub stab victim was footballer, 23, as family are 'heartbroken'
A member of Cody's family said following the incident: "They have broken our hearts; I have lost my best friend. My family and I are asking for privacy and respectfulness at this heart-breaking time."
Friend Mikey Jarell wrote online: "Cody!!! My f*****g lil bro!!! The purest soul. Gutted."
Meanwhile, Stratford Town chairman Jed McCrory told Sky News through tears: "The players are heartbroken. He was so close. And we're a family club.
"They all know each other. It's going to be a hard one to take for everybody. Everyone at this club. He was so well-liked.
"I'm just speechless. Anything we can do to help we will do. I'm just so sorry for [his family]."
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A family member told the MailOnline: "As you can imagine, it’s a very difficult time for the family. We’re devastated and trying to make sense of it.
"Cody was a wonderful boy and the family had had a wonderful Christmas. All of this is really heartbreaking."
Police were called to The Crane nightclub in Digbeth, Birmingham, just before 11.45pm on Boxing Day, to reports that a man had been stabbed.
Authorities say Cody was "approached by a group of people" before being knifed on the dancefloor.
It is understood the DJ stopped playing and a warning message was flashed up on large screens around the club.
The victim was sadly pronounced dead around 30 minutes after the police were called despite efforts by medical staff to save his life.
Now police are calling on the public to come forward with any information that may help their inquiry.
Detective Inspector Michelle Thurgood, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a young man enjoying himself with friends on a Boxing Day night out and our thoughts are with his friends and family.
"We know there were hundreds of people in the nightclub at the time. 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.
"We believe that the victim was approached by a group of people, and was then stabbed, so we’re working hard to identify all of those involved."
In a statement posted on The Crane's Instagram page, it said: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened that a man lost his life last night as our Boxing Day event came to a close. Our thoughts are with the victim and his family and friends.
“We are working closely with West Midlands Police as they investigate this crime. We encourage anybody who witnessed this incident, or has any information to share which may help West Midlands Police, to contact them directly."
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